The city of West University Place Police Department reports that it is investigating several telephone scams recently that need to be brought to the public's attention.
According to a news release, there are numerous ways these scams are perpetrated and the scammers themselves are usually very convincing when committing this crime. Residents are urged to remember that no government agency - local, state or federal - will contact anyone by telephone and ask for payment for anything using prepaid gift cards.
The following are some examples of the types of scams and fraudulent activity we are currently investigating:
A resident received a telephone call from a caller saying that they represent the "Harris County Court System" and the resident has missed jury duty and they owed close to $2,000 for court costs and warrant fees. The suspect convinced the victim that if they did not go to various locations to purchase "Green Dot" cards and forward the numbers on the back to pay his "fine," a warrant would then be issued for their arrest.
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