Con artists impersonate Harris County DA's staff to get credit card info

By Erica Young - News Producer
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HARRIS COUNTY, Texas - The Harris County District Attorney's Office is sending out a warning about a scheme targeting Harris County residents.

District Attorney Devon Anderson said criminals are claiming to be members of the District Attorney's Check Fraud Division. Anderson said the con artists are randomly calling residents and telling them they have a bounced check. The caller tells the residents they need to pay the fine with a credit card or they will be arrested.

"Criminals will use any method necessary to steal your credit card information, including impersonating law enforcement personnel," said Anderson. "Our office will not call you and ask for your credit card information. Never give out your credit card or personal information to anyone who calls asking for it. If you think you are a victim of this scam, please come forward so we can help you and catch the criminals responsible."

Anderson said when the Check Fraud Division receives a check fraud case, a demand letter is sent to the person who has the delinquency. The letter instructs the person to make a payment by cashier's check or money order to the Harris County Restitution Program.

If you think you are a victim of this scheme, please call the Harris County District Attorney's Office at 713-755-5800.

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