San Marcos police are investigating a telephone scam in which five residents were called by a man purporting to represent the sheriff’s office and threatening them with arrest if they didn’t settle a warrant by paying him with prepaid debit cards.
One person was cheated out of $1,000 before police were able to intervene and four others reported the threatening calls.
According to Sgt. Byron Mobley, the residents received the calls on Saturday, Jan. 18 with the caller threatening them with arrest for outstanding warrants if they didn’t go to a pharmacy and buy Green Dot MoneyPak cards and call the numbers in to the suspect.
“We encourage our citizens to be wary of such bogus calls and to report them to police if they think they are being scammed,” Sgt. Mobley said. “That’s not how any court or law enforcement agency collects outstanding fines.”
Anyone with information about the scam is asked to call the police department’s criminal investigation division at 512-753-2300 or Hays County Crime Stoppers at 512-353-TIPS.