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Sheriff’s Office Warns Residents about Telephone Scam

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office is warning citizens of El Paso County of a telephone scam that has claimed several victims.

According to law enforcement officials, several El Paso County residents have received phone calls from a person claiming to be Dep. Paul Cross of the “Sheriff’s Department”. The scammer claims that a jury summons was ignored and that there is a warrant for arrest for Jury duty Non-Attendance.

The victim is then told to buy MoneyTrax cards for varied amounts totaling $987.00. The scammer often asks the victim to purchase two or more cards as it the “only way to have the warrant recalled and a way to pay for the warrants.” The scammer  also asks the person to meet him at 3850 Justice Rd. or 500 E. San Antonio in order to give him the money card.

According to victims of the scam, after they purchase the money cards, the scammer claims that he/she cannot meet and requests the serial numbers displayed on the money cards so that the warrant can be taken care of.

Those numbers are then turned into cash by the scammer depriving the victim of the money.

Victor Ramirez, Supervisor of Jury Selection at the El Paso County Courthouse, says their investigators that they will never call anyone to advise them that they missed Jury Duty.  Officials with the Sheriff’s office added that they will never be contacted by phone requesting payment for outstanding criminal warrants.

Anyone who has been a victim of these scams is asked to contact the proper authorities; either the El Paso Police Department non-emergency number at 915-832-4400 or the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office non-emergency number is 915-832-4408.

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