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Don't get scammed; here's what to watch for

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GRAYSON COUNTY, Texas -- Is someone calling you identifying themselves as a local investigator?

Don't fall for it.

Scammers are out to get any information they can, any way they know how. 

This particular scheme has been going around for a while,  but Grayson County deputies tell us they've seen an increase in reports about a man who calls pretending to be one of their investigators.

  • The scammer claims he has a warrant for your arrest.
  • In order to get out of it, he asks for your credit card information and Social Security number.

"If you have a warrant, we're not going to call you and tell you you have a warrant," said sheriff's office Capt. Sarah Bigham. "We're especially not going to tell you you have to pay a bond over the phone."

Officials say the elderly are the main targets of the scheme. They often fall for it and surrender their personal information.

"Older folks get targeted because they are very trusting," Denison police spokesman Lt. Mike Eppler said. "We try to let everybody know as often as we can: Don't give your information to somebody unless you're 100 percent sure who it is, and that they really should have it."

Bigham adds that the volume of these phony phone calls has increased over the past week. Sometimes the scammers will advise their victims to go to a local grocery store and buy a voucher or a Visa gift card.

The callers are from all over the country and all over the world.

"They'll have a heavy accent of another nationality, or they'll call from a random number, or they'll change the number so you can't tell where they're calling from," Bigham advised.

If you get a call like this make note of any details and report it to your local law enforcement agency.

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