Are you tired of hearing about new scams in Amarillo, TX? I know I am. Sadly, we live in a day and age where scams are popping up all the time. Some are easy to pick up on, while some have become increasingly difficult.

There are a few things you can pay attention to when it comes to scams to be able to pick up on them quickly and not get caught.

My favorite is the phone call where someone gives their name, then proceeds to tell you that you need to contact immediately or you will be sued, or better yet, arrested. First off, anyone threatening to have you arrested is a scam. No one calls ahead of time to tell you that's a possibility.

Furthermore, anyone that calls and says you're being sued will at minimum give you the business name they're calling from, whether you answer the call or let it go to voicemail. Pay attention to those little things and you'll be just fine.

This new scam that's beginning to hit Amarillo is definitely done well. It's a text that comes through to your phone and they're impersonating a law enforcement officer. They proceed to tell you that your bank account info was involved in financial fraud.

That's enough to make anyone do a double take right? They continue on telling you that there is an app you need to download. They assign a case number once you download the app, and send you some documents that look like they're legit legal documents.

Once you're in the app, it'll ask you to verify your banking info to make sure you are indeed the person associated with the account.

Now while all of that is going on, and they have you in a panic, you don't realize what's happening in the background with the app opened. Once you've installed the app, it'll block all incoming calls and text messages.

Why is this important? Because once you enter your account info, the app is going to try and take money out of it. Blocking calls and texts means you won't be able to receive anything from your bank stating there's unusual activity on your account.

The easiest way to make sure your not getting scammed is to be vigilant. Download only apps that you know are trusted and where they came from. Don't download anything from an unknown or unusual number, and definitely don't respond to a text and follow the instructions unless you were expecting it.

Believe me, if you're involved in any capacity with a case law enforcement is working on, they're more likely to show up at your door, or at least call you to come in and talk. They most definitely will not be sending you a text asking you to take action.

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Digging through old news articles, I found several separate occasions where Amarillo and America's Most Wanted crossed paths. It makes me wonder if there are some that I've missed.

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