Advisory: Telephone Scam

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is issuing a warning for citizens regarding a telephone scam that has been affecting Montgomery County.

The scam involves a caller advising the potential victim that they owe money to the entity for different reasons, including a warrant for their arrest.  Victims are advised to put money on a prepaid debit card and go to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Jail. Once there, the citizen is instructed to call back and the scammer will provide additional instructions on how to use the jail kiosk in the main lobby.

It is believed that the scammer is trying to get money placed on an inmate’s financial account for use while they are housed in the Montgomery County Jail.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office provides the following tips:

  • Be wary if you are being asked to act immediately. Scammers typically try to push you into action before you have time to think.
  • Remember, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office never calls or emails citizens to advise them of warrants.
  • Never wire money or use a prepaid debit card when told to do so by a person that you do not know. Scammers often pressure citizens into using a prepaid debit card. It’s like cash. Once it is used, you won’t get a refund.
  • Avoid making payments over the phone or purchasing gift cards or prepaid debit cards to resolve government matters.

If you have questions or concerns regarding telephone calls placed to you on behalf of any government agency soliciting money, in any form, please contact the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Officer non-emergency line, 936-760-5800.

Click here to read the official advisory from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

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