Hays County residents have been reporting a phone scam that has deprived victims of thousands of dollars, according to the Hays County sheriff’s office.
In this scam, the victim receives a phone call from someone claiming to be a Hays County sheriff’s office employee. The calls usually come from the local 512 area code, sheriff’s officials said. The scammer then tells the victim there is a warrant for his or her arrest and the victim must pay money to avoid being arrested.
Many of the reported victims have been senior citizens, the sheriff’s office said.
Victims are then instructed to purchase prepaid Visa or MasterCard credit cards and provide the card number to the scammers, the sheriff’s office said. Some victims have been specifically told to purchase these cards at CVS, Walgreens, Dollar General or similar stores.
“It is not the custom or practice from the Hays County sheriff’s office to contact anyone by phone and demand payment to avoid being arrested,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement. “If anyone wants to verify whether or not they in fact have a warrant for their arrest, they may contact the Hays County Sheriff’s Office Warrants Division at 512-393-7810 or 512-393-7827.”
Anyone who has information to share about these scams can contact the Hays County sheriff’s office at 512-393-7896.