Bell County: Authorities warn of scammer claiming to be sheriff’s official

Bell County authorities Monday issued a warning about a scammer who’s calling residents, identifying himself as a sheriff’s department official and demanding payments for failure to report for jury duty. (File)
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BELL COUNTY, Texas (KWTX) Bell County authorities Monday issued a warning about a scammer who’s calling residents, identifying himself as a sheriff’s Maj. T.J. Cruz, and demanding payments for failure to report for jury duty.

The scammer “is asking the victim to head to Dollar General (to) purchase three money pack vouchers for various dollar amounts,” sheriff’s Lt. Robert Reinhard said in a press release Monday.

The caller tells victims warrants have been issued for their arrest, usually for missing jury duty, and will confirm current addresses, he said.

The last known number from which they calls were placed is (254) 613-7493, extension 112 if prompted, he said.

When the number is called, a recorded female voice says the caller has reached the Bell County Sheriff’s Department and to hang up and call 911 if there’s an emergency.

The recorded message mentions an anonymous gun drive and advises the caller t leave a message.

“Please note, Bell County will not contact you by phone, to inform you of a warrant,” Reinhard said.