GREGG COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - Gregg County Sheriff's Office is warning residents about a person posing as a law enforcement officer over the phone.
The department says someone is impersonating a member of their staff and leaving voice messages for people around the state.
Deputy Josh Tubb said the department has received complaints from East Texas residents and multiple reports from other agencies in Texas about the impersonation case.
According to Tubb, the caller claims to be Lt. Drennan and claims the person answering the phone has outstanding warrants, fines, or didn't show up for jury duty.
Tubb said voice messages begin with someone claiming to be a lieutenant with the sheriff's office then ask for debit or credit card information. The number also appears similar to department number.
"This is not how we operate, and if anyone has doubts or concerns about a possible fraud, hang-up and call our main line at 903-236-8400," Tubb said.
Tubb says the call is placed from the number 903-371-1035 and that the caller has recorded their dispatcher, which people will hear when calling that number before being asked to leave a message. Tubb says the sheriff's office has not received any reports of residents going through with the caller's request.
Gregg County Crime Stoppers also posted about the calls:
"SCAM ALERT: A telephone scam has been reported concerning an individual who is posing as a deputy with the Gregg County Sheriff's Office Warrant Division telling people that there is a warrant for their arrest. The scammer has subjects purchase pay pal cards, then have you call them back and provide them the pay pal card numbers, then transferring the money from the cards into there account."
Crime Stoppers says the county does not call residents with outstanding traffic warrants. Officers show up at the person's residence and place them under arrest.