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‘Don’t do it.’ Scammers pretending to be Erath County sheriff’s officials rip off 2 more victims.



 

Remember the story a few months ago about the Erath County woman who was taken for $1,500 by scammers pretending to be sheriff’s officials?

 

Well, they’re back.


And this time the scammers managed to rip off two Erath County residents; one for $500 and the other for $900.



Chief Deputy Jeremy Woodruff with the Erath County Sheriff’s Office said the victims were targeted in the past two weeks.

 

“Both victims were told that they missed jury duty and a warrant had been issued for their arrest,” Woodruff told Beneath the Surface News.


“The scammers identified themselves as deputies and said they could get out of the warrant by paying a fee.”

 


One victim was told to send money through Venmo and the other was told to get a gift card from Walgreens.

 

“Law enforcement will never ask for money in lieu of warrants, so don’t do it,” Woodruff said. “If you get a call like this, contact the sheriff’s office or police department.”

 

The scammers often use the real names of local deputies and spoof the phone number of the Erath County Sheriff’s Office.

 


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