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Beware: scams sweeping across East Texas

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 8:00pm

Several scams are happening in our area.  One caller in Smith County is asking people for money for missing jury duty, and another person claiming to be from Direct TV is asking for personal information from Longview residents.

The 903 area code caller is asking for people to buy a cash card, give him the numbers on the card, and mail it to a downtown Tyler address.  Smith County Sheriff's Department says this is a scam, and no one is calling from the county to collect jury duty fines.  The county knows of six victims so far, including one woman who gave $2000 to the scammer.

People in Longview are also being targeted by a caller saying his is with Direct TV, but Direct TV does not solicit anyone.

There are several things you can do to avoid this.  Officials say agencies will not ask for money over the phone, and its best you don't give any information over the phone.  They are also encouraging you to talk to your elderly family members because they are most likely the targets.
 

According to Longview Police to be safe, you can do this:

-verify the person or company that is calling.

-call the company yourself.

-ask the company to send something in writing

-go to your bank or local company to give the information or money.

 

If you know any information in regards to either one of these scams contact local law enforcement:

Smith County Sheriff's Office -

Phone - (903) 590-2600
http://smith-county.com/Law/Sheriff/Default.aspx

Longview Police Department -

http://police.longviewtexas.gov/

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