A New Phone Scam And Others Going Around Amarillo
Potter County Sheriff’s Department is warning citizens of a phone scam that is going around the area. A caller claiming to represent the Potter County Sheriff’s office informs would be victims that they missed jury duty, resulting in an arrest warrant. To avoid arrest a payment can be made over the phone.
The call is bogus. The Sheriff’s Department will never call anyone who has missed jury duty or for any other reason trying to collect money for a fine, or a summons. Anyone who receives a call and doubts if it is legitimate should call the Potter County Sheriff's Office at (806) 379-2900. Scroll down to see other scams going around about banking and COVID-19.
Other trending scams going around Texas include:
Over Payment Scam- A scam artist sends you a counterfeit check. They tell you to deposit it in your bank account and wire part of the money back to them. Since the check was fake, you’ll have to pay your bank the amount of the check, plus you’ll lose any money you wired.
Unsolicited Check Fraud- A scammer sends you a check for no reason. If you cash it, you may be authorizing the purchase of items or signing up for a loan you didn’t ask for.
Fake Charity Scams- Fake charities pop up during disasters. And scammers can also claim to be from real charities. Learn how to research charity claims and protect your money.
Checks From The Government- Scammers say they’re from the IRS or another government agency and ask for your personal information or try to charge you fake fees for getting your stimulus check or offer you a way to get the money early.
FDIC and Banking- People pretend to call from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) or your bank and say your bank account or your ability to get cash are in danger and ask for your personal information.
Testing, Vaccine and Treatment- Beware of offers for "home" test kits and unknown "miracle" cures or vaccines. They do not exist. Scammers are also targeting Medicare recipients by offering COVID-19 testing in an attempt to steal personal information.
Report telephone scams online to the Federal Trade Commission. You can also call 1-877-382-4357. The FTC is the primary government agency that collects scam complaints.