Bowie County Residents Beware Of This Scam

The Bowie County Sheriff’s Office wants to alert citizens about a recurring scam that has resurfaced in our area.
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The Bowie County Sheriff’s Office wants to alert citizens about a recurring scam that has resurfaced in our area. Individuals have reported receiving fraudulent phone calls from a local number that appears to be the main line for the Bowie County Sheriff’s Office (903.798.3149).

It’s important to note that these calls are being “spoofed,” meaning the scammers manipulate caller ID to mimic legitimate numbers. The scammer, posing as a Deputy from our Office, will then demand payment for supposed outstanding fines or for allegedly missing jury duty. To complete the scam, victims are instructed to purchase Bitcoin, prepaid gift cards, or similar electronic payment methods.

Once victims have made these purchases, the scammer asks for the card numbers or electronic confirmation codes to allegedly verify the payment. Unfortunately, once this information is provided, it becomes nearly impossible for investigators to track down the scammer.

Remember this crucial point: The Bowie County Sheriff’s Office will never call and demand money instead of pursuing proper legal procedures. We do not conduct financial transactions over the phone. If you receive such a call, it is undoubtedly a scam.

If you have any doubts or concerns about a caller claiming to be from our Office, inform them that you will verify the situation with local law enforcement yourself. You can contact us directly at 903-798-3149 or 903-628-6815. Never purchase or provide access to your finances over the phone in response to such calls. Stay vigilant and report any suspicious activity immediately.