Bizarre Phone Scam Alerts Fort Stockton Police 01/31/14
January 31, 2014
Fort Stockton - It was a call prompting a homeowner to evacuate after a supposed plane crashed in their neighborhood that now has Fort Stockton police warning their residents about a potential phone scam. Police say this call was so strange and the story was so elaborate they are now thinking that rather than a scam it could possibly have been more of a scheme.
"What was very unusual was the fact that someone was trying to get her and her family out of the house and possibly come back and burglarize her, we just don’t know what their intentions were," said Fort Stockton Police Chief Art Fuentes.
It was one of the more elaborate scams the Fort Stockton Police Department has ever heard. Instead of asking for your name and bank account information, it was a whole story. "The guy was going on and on about a plane that had gone down, and the wire lines were down and they were going to be affected by this. They recommended that they needed to evacuate," said Chief Fuentes.
Of course no planes had crash landed in Fort Stockton, so police immediately knew something was up. The caller then asked the woman to book a motel and the utility company would reimburse her.
"She said there was no company name other than he was with the power company. She said he spoke very articulate and sounded businesslike and that was what kind of made her uncomfortable a little bit,” said Fuentes.
Tactics multiple other residents have dealt with in the past, so much so they now rarely answer the phone when an unrecognizable number gives them a call. “We don’t even answer the phone anymore, that’s one of the main things, you get these phone calls all the time and these phone is just ringing off the hook.”
Chief Fuentes says this is the first time they have ever had a call of this nature, but urges any resident that receives suspicious calls like this to report then to the police department.