STAFFORD (Covering Fort Bend News) – The Stafford Police Department is warning residents about a familiar scam after a victim reported the incident to police.
A group of phone scammers is spoofing the Stafford Police Department’s Phone number, 281-261-3950, and identifying themselves as Stafford police officers. The scammers are claiming to be working with the DEA and that the resident is being called as a suspect in drug trafficking. The callers tell the victim that the only way to avoid further charges is to purchase gift cards and provide them the gift card information.
Stafford PD has released the following safety tips to avoid becoming a victim:
- Do not give out any personal information such as your name, address, banking information or Social Security Number
- Stafford police do not ask anyone, ever, to purchase gift cards, Bitcoin or any other digital currency in order to avoid legal charges.
- If you want to confirm that you are actually speaking with a SPD officer, you can always hang up, call the main number and ask to be transferred to the officer