2016 City News Releases

Posted on: March 2, 2016

Sugar Land Police Warn Citizens of Telephone Scam

Sugar Land, TX - Sugar Land Police are warning residents to be aware of unknown suspects making threatening calls pretending to be Fort Bend County or Harris County Sheriff deputies.

Police are investigating a number of scam phone calls in which the caller informs citizens they have outstanding traffic warrants, or warrants for missing jury summons, and will be arrested unless they make immediate payment of their fines.

In several calls, the caller identified himself as a sergeant with the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s office. The caller is reported to be very believable and gave actual court and judges’ names that could easily have been obtained from public sources. The caller then offered the alternative of making an immediate payment by obtaining a green dot card, a debit or credit card that is commonly available at retail stores, or an electronic e-check to make an immediate payment to avoid arrest. No suspects have yet been identified or arrested.

Police ask that you be aware of this scam and protect yourself by always confirming the accuracy of such calls with local law enforcement agencies. Never give out personal financial information to anyone over the phone unless you can verify the information and source. If you are not sure, hang up until you can confirm independently, or report it to local law enforcement.

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