Freeport police: Phone scam on the rise that's virtually impossible to track

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Friday, October 30, 2015

FREEPORT, TX (KTRK) -- Freeport police want to want residents to beware of a scam, and they say it's virtually impossible for them to track down the fraudster.

Police say citizens have been getting calls from people claiming to be officers. Victims are told they have outstanding warrants for unpaid debts, missed jury duty or some other minor infraction and that a fine is due.

According to police, the number on the caller ID makes it appear the call is coming from the sheriff's office or local jail.

The victims are told to make payments by wiring money through Western Union or by buying a prepaid credit card and registering it online.

Police say it's virtually impossible to track down the caller's number or wire transfer. They want the public to know that police don't accept funds this way and that if you get a call like this, hang up and call the agency that you've been told you owe money to.

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