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Floresville police warn of scams
FLORESVILLE -- Police here are warning residents of recent scams being attempted via telephone and email.
Detective George Ortiz of the Floresville Police Department said officers continue to receive reports of email messages from people purporting to be family members or friends who are overseas and in trouble. In each instance, the sender asks for bail money.
“These people make it sound so real and prey on your emotions,” said a Floresville-area resident who wanted to warn others. “I knew about the scam, but I still fell for it!”
Another ruse making the rounds, Ortiz said, involves a telephone call stating that a $3,000 payment is needed to claim a Mega Millions lottery jackpot.
“If they’re asking for money up front, then it’s a scam,” he said.
Anyone who believes they have been on the receiving end of a fraudulent telephone call is urged to contact their local law-enforcement agency.
Additional information about how to remain vigilant against these and other scams is available at the “Scam Central” section of the Wilson County News website, http://bit.ly/1hbqHb1.
Ortiz said police also are investigating the following incidents:
•April 9, someone reported that a water meter had been broken in the 4D Mobile Home Estates off Standish Street (S.H. 97 East).
•April 23, the owner of a home on C Street reported that someone broke into a shed and stole various tools.
•April 24, members of the American Legion Post 38 at the corner of Fourth and D streets reported that someone scrawled graffiti on the back of the building and on one side of a shed. This was the day after Wilson County workers had to clean graffiti from the gazebo -- which once was part of a Confederate soldiers monument -- on the courthouse square.
Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to contact Crime Stoppers of Wilson County at 830-393-INFO (4636) or http://bit.ly/NDrIut.
All Crime Stoppers tips remain anonymous and can qualify for cash rewards if the information leads to an arrest or to the return of stolen property.
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