Phone Scam

A number of phone scams have been victimizing residents of Travis County. The caller claims to be an officer with the Travis County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO) or another local, state or federal agency. The scammer aggressively claims the resident has failed to do any number of things, ranging from jury duty to paying taxes and tells the resident he/she owes a fine that must be paid immediately in order to avoid being arrested.

There is a common element in all of the phone scams - the caller seeks immediate payment via gift card or money pack. TCSO will never seek payment for anything via wire transfer, gift cards or money packs.

If you receive a suspicious phone call from someone demanding payment, do not hesitate to contact us at (512) 854-9770 to verify the validity of that call before giving anyone money.

Jury Duty Scam

Scammers have been making calls to Travis County residents claiming to be a sergeant or lieutenant with TCSO; they use the accurate name and rank of our officers. The scammer aggressively claims the resident has failed to show up for jury duty and owes a fine that must be paid immediately in order to avoid being arrested.

TCSO will never call residents regarding jury duty. We will also never ask for payment via wire transfer or gift cards. Any and all communication regarding jury duty will always be sent in writing by mail.

If you receive a suspicious phone call from someone demanding payment, do not hesitate to contact us at (512) 854-9770 to verify the validity of that call before giving anyone money.

These scammers are diligently being pursued by national law enforcement agencies.

 

 

 

 

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