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The City of West University Place Police Department is investigating several telephone scams recently that need to be brought to the public’s attention. There are numerous ways these scams are perpetrated, and the scammers themselves are usually very convincing when committing this crime. Keep in mind, 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:
Each of the cases presented are just the bare facts. Even though in each case the scammers are very convincing, they are committing a crime. Sometimes the scammers will use fear and intimidation to complete the crime, while other times, they will seem like charmers and are only contacting the victim to “help” the victim out.
The West University Place Police Department has received other reports from residents that received similar scam telephone calls. We would encourage each resident to report to the police department any suspicious phone calls, emails, or any other form of communication that you feel is or might be a scam. Also, if you receive a questionable call, please obtain a call back number for the questionable caller, and contact the police at 713-668-0330. Do not become a victim. Ask questions BEFORE following through with the instructions from a suspected scammer.