Several Fort Bend County residents have received calls from people claiming to be officers with the Sheriff’s Office or other local law enforcement agencies.
David Schultz is a sergeant with the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office. He says the callers tell people they owe money for warrants or taxes to the IRS and urge the victim to go to a store and load money on a Green Dot MoneyPak card.
“This is kind of an old scam actually. It used to just deal with wiring money to a Western Union or MoneyGram, but now the vehicle of choice is these Green Dot MoneyPak cards. And a MoneyPak card is a card that you can purchase. It’s a card that you can load a value to. It does not require any identification.”
The victim is then supposed to give the card’s identification number to the caller. With that number, the perpetrators transfer money onto a pre-paid debit card.
Schultz says Fort Bend residents have lost amounts from around $1,000 to $15,000 to scammers.
“People should never, one, wire funds or transfer funds or provide any financial information to someone that they don’t know, that they don’t know who they’re dealing with. Law enforcement would not call their citizens and demand that they make payment via a wired MoneyGram or Western Union or Green Dot or any type of other payment method.”
Schultz says Fort Bend residents who get those calls should report them to the Sheriff’s Office.