Warning issued for warrant scam involving deputy impersonators

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GALVESTON, Texas - The Galveston County Sheriff's Office is issuing a warning about a warrant scam involving people impersonating deputies and asking for money.

Deputies say they have received several calls from concerned citizens about being called by a person identifying himself as a member of the sheriff's office and telling them they had failed to respond to a court summons. The scammer then told the victims that fees and fines were assessed and to prevent a warrant being issued, they needed to go purchase Green DOT card (money cards) for an amount they provided them, then call them back with the card numbers.

The scammer would then cash in the card if they received the number of the money card.

The Sheriff's office says deputies do not operate in that manner. If you did follow the callers' direction and they took the money requested, you are urged to contact your local police department.

Sheriff's deputies are investigating the calls.

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