Phone Scam targeting Montgomery County Area
THE WOODLANDS, Texas -- At least 3 residents have received phone calls from someone posing as Captain Melvin Franklin with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. The scammer is advising the callers that they have a warrant out for their arrest and if they don’t pay for their warrant they will be arrested.
When this scammer calls, Caller ID show the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office phone number.
Although we have a Captain Melvin Franklin working for us it is not him calling.
Please keep in mind neither the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office nor any Law Enforcement agency will call you and threaten to put you in jail if you do not make immediate payments over the phone for warrants.
Scammers will attempt to get you to pay for your “fines” or “warrants” through the use your personal credit cards then further defraud you once they obtain your personal info. Recently, scammers are also offering to allow you to use disposable credit cards such as "Green Dot" cards or purchasing gift cards to help you feel safe about not being scammed into providing your personal credit card.
DO NOT give any credit card info out to anyone you cannot verify is the actual place of business you are wanting to deal with. The best way to protect yourself is to research their business and find listed phone numbers, then call them back yourself.
Many scammers are believed to be using apps to mask their phone number on caller ID, but when you call that number back it is the actual number for a legitimate place of business or agency (so hang up and verify!)
Although this type of scam is not new, this is the time of year when this type of scam increases and by using the legitimate names of actual staff here at the Sheriff’s Office the scammers are hoping you will be less diligent about researching and protecting yourself.