Police Warn of Phone Call Hoax From Man Claiming to be DEA Agent
Brian Scott, NBC 5 Denton County Reporter
Police in Trophy Club say a woman received a call from someone claiming to be a federal agent. Officers in the area say she isn't the first person to report bizarre phone calls from people claiming to be federal agents.
Police in Trophy Club are warning residents and folks across North Texas about a phone scheme.
Officers say a local woman visited police Thursday morning with a voicemail that was left for her that she felt was quetionable.
The message was from a Houston-based number and the caller claimed to be Xavier (or Javier) Pena from the Drug Enforcement Administration.
He told the woman that the call was in regards to federal charges against her and that there was a search warrant out for her home and an arrest warrant out for her.
When she called the number, police say the man asked for information from the woman but refused to spell his name or provide her basic information like the field office he worked out of.
Detectives at Trophy Club did some quick research and found that the call was in fact phony.
"I contacted the DEA Fort Worth field office today and they confirmed they've been having a problem with this particular scam artist,” said Sgt. Tony Simmons.
Simmons said he did a reverse search on the phone number and found that it’s quickly becoming a well-known number targeting people for money.
Other reports say the caller will eventually ask them to wire thousands of dollars to get the so-called warrants against them dropped.
"If the Drug Enforcement Agency or any law enforcement agency calls wanting money, it's probably going to be a scam,” said Simmons.
Leaders in Trophy Club say there is an Agent Javier Pena that works in the Fort Worth DEA field office, but he is not the caller. He has been made aware of the scheme as have agents in other branches.
Simmons said anyone who gets a call like this should immediately contact police.
"Don't try to talk to them over the phone; there's no telling what kind of information you could accidentally give them. Just take the information and get it to your local police,” he said.
Trophy Club police have received another report of a similar caller claiming to be from the Social Security Administration. They say it’s essential to never give personal information to unknown callers.