Medina County Sheriff Randy Brown wants to warn area residents that phone scammers are still hitting our area–getting as much as $12,000 from one Medina County victim.
“Don’t do business over the telephone,” Sheriff Brown warned, “the IRS scams and many others are still going on. We get phone reports every week, reporting scammers who have contacted local people. Once you read them that debit card number that money is gone forever.”
“We’ve seen local victims lose anywhere from $1,500 to $2,500 to $12,000 to these scammers,” Sheriff Brown adds.
In an interview this past September, the Sheriff added, “I get calls from scammers too, claiming they have a warrant my arrest….They’ll say you can either resolve it right now, or we’ll come arrest you. Please don’t fall for it. The IRS is not going to call you and say that.”
Scammers technology continues to get more advanced, and even harder to track, nearly impossible, really.
“They are even able to spoof phone numbers to make it look like they are calling from a local phone number,” Sheriff Brown said.
The Sheriff’s office released a statement Monday explaining “Someone is using an app to copy our (830)741-6150 phone line. The caller is stating you will be arrested if you don’t follow their instructions. This is a scam, do not give them any information or send them any money. If we have a warrant for your arrest – we will come by.”