Phony Phone Calls Threaten North Texans

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    The Garland Police Department is the third local agency this month to report residents targeted by the fake phone calls. (Published Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014)

    North Texans continue to receive calls from phony law enforcement officials asking for money.

    The Garland Police Department is the third local agency this month to report residents targeted by the fake phone calls.

    According to a release, Garland police continue to receive reports of schemers portraying themselves as officers or Garland city officials.

    The schemer will call and threaten to put the person in jail for outstanding warrants if they do not send them money.

    Some schemers have even rigged their phones their call back numbers to appear on Caller IDs as the City of Garland.

    Irving police and the Denton County Sheriff's Office said many of its residents have received calls from people claiming to be with different government agencies.

    One family in Irving was told to pay $4,000 or face deportation.

    NBC 5 law enforcement expert Don Peritz said law enforcement agencies do not call people and try to extort money from them by alleging there are warrants out for their arrests and demanding payment.