APPD said they expect to see more of this scam as registered sex offender information is available online.
ARANSAS PASS, Texas – Aransas Pass Police Department has reported new phone scams targeting registered sex offenders.
On Wednesday, police said a man came to the police department to speak to an officer about a phone fraud that he may have been a victim of.
The victim said he had received a call from someone who identified himself as “Sergeant Yates or Gates at the Aransas Pass Police Department”. The victim was threatened with legal action for “not registering as a sex offender”.
Authorities said that since the victim is a registered perpetrator, he believed the call was legitimate. He told police he even heard “police radio chatters” over the call.
The caller asked the man to obtain $ 1,500 worth of gift cards in order to avoid the “legal action” that is officially the most important indicator of a fraud.
The victim told police the caller was very persuasive and “it didn’t sound like the most common scammers associated with phone scams targeting our area.”
Officials warn that more registered sex offenders are likely to receive this fraudulent call because their information is available online.
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