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Gregg County Sheriff's Office warns of telephone scams

By Staff Reports
Nov. 29, 2017 at 10:14 p.m.


The Gregg County Sheriff's Office reported Wednesday it has seen an increase in reports from at least two telephone scams.

Spokesman Cpl. Joshua Tubb said they have received one report of a scam that calls people claiming to be Lt. Eddie Hope from the sheriff's office. Tubb said the scammers are trying to get people to believe they need to pay money owed to the Gregg County Sheriff's Office.

"We are not debt collectors, and we are not going to be calling you and demanding money," Tubb said.

In a different scam, he said, scammers call people pretending to be a security company and tell them their computer has spyware or a virus they can fix. They then ask for the person's driver's license information and a $1,200 fee. Tubb said when people can't pay, the scammers negotiate the fee to $200 to be paid through an iTunes gift card.

Tubb said people should be cautious when giving out personal information, such as a driver's license, as it could create an identity theft issue.

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