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San Angelo PD alerts public of new telephone scam

Residents have complained about unsolicited calls from scammers posing as U.S. Border Patrol agents and U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers.
Credit: San Angelo Police Department

SAN ANGELO, Texas — San Angelo residents are the target of a new type of telephone scam attempting to gain banking information.

According to an SAPD release, the department has received complaints from residents concerning unsolicited calls from scammers posing as U.S Border Patrol agents and U.S. Customer and Border Protection officers.

The complainants are reporting the scammers telling them, "A suspicious package being shipped across the border has your name on it and it has been intercepted.”  

The person is asked to pay a fee to "hold" the package and then asked to provide banking information to verify they are not associated with cartel bank accounts.

The calls are coming from 325 area codes and are phone scams or phishing attempts.

Residents are urged to not provide the caller with any information.

The Department of Homeland Security and CBP does not ask for money by phone.

Anyone who receives such calls should write the phone number and any other relevant details about the call. The incident should also be reported to the authorities for investigation.

Scams can be reported online at usa.gov/scams-and-frauds or by phone by calling 1-877-382-4357.