APD warns citizens about a phone scam

ABILENE, TX - Abilene Police are warning citizens about a scam.

They say they've gotten several complaints about people getting calls from a "Sgt. Wilson."
They were told by the caller that they had missed jury duty and were being fined $500.
APD says don't ever provide payment over the phone when it comes to calls like this instead call the police.
They added legitimate Law Enforcement agencies will never demand payments over the phone.

 

Press Release

JURY NOTICE SCAM TARGETING CITIZENS

ABILENE, TX – The Police Department has received several complaints from citizens reporting thefts stemming from a fraudulent scam. Specifically, citizens reported they received a phone call from “Sgt. Wilson” who told them that they had missed jury duty and were now being fined $500. The suspect demanded payment in the form of green dot cards, which are akin to pre-paid debit cards. The suspect told the victims to call him back once they had obtained the green dot card, and he provided the number (325) 267-8166. At least one of the victims provided payment over the phone, and another victim was told five times that their payment had not worked, costing the victim $2,500.

The Police Department anticipates these scams will continue. Citizens are urged to never provide payments over the phone related to such scams, and if in doubt, please call your local police department before exchanging any money over the phone. Legitimate law enforcement authorities will never demand payments over the phone, so do not fall for any such scams.

This is an active investigation, and charges will be filed if a suspect(s) is identified.

Chief Stan Standridge

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