We are told by Copperas Cove PD that the telephone scams are still going around and still having a surprising amount of success at taking money from good people, especially seniors.
The common themes now are the: IRS Scam - An aggressive and sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers where callers claim to be employees of the IRS, but are not. These con artists sound convincing when they use fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers. They seem to know a lot about their targets, and they usually alter the caller ID to make itlook like the IRS is calling.
Victims are told they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. They threaten arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver’s license. Please don’t fall for this.
Senior Citizen Company Scam – Callers identify themselves as being part of Senior Citizen Company (no such thing) and say you’ve won a new MercedesBenz and $850,000.00. They only ask you to pay transport fees for the vehicle. Don’t fall for it. They’re crooks.
Grandparent or Parent Scam - A grandparent or parent receives a frantic call from someone they believe to be their family member. The supposed family member sounds distressed and may be calling from a noisy location. The supposed family member claims to be involved in some type of trouble while traveling in Canada or overseas, such as being arrested or in a car accident or needing emergency car repairs, and asks the grandparent or parent to immediately
wire money to post bail or pay for medical treatment or car repairs. It’s phony and they’re preying on your love and generosity. Don’t send any money, but do call local police and report the scam.