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Amarillo Crime Prevention Unit warns of new scam

Amarillo Crime Stoppers warn of a new scam in the area, targeting local businesses. (Courtesy: Amarillo Crime Prevention Unit)

The Amarillo Police Department's Crime Prevention Unit has been made aware of a new scam in the area, targeting local businesses.

According to CPU, the suspect is claiming to be a US Marshall and is talking to one person, telling them that their business is being investigated for counterfeiting and that they are under federal indictment.

The suspect continues to tell the employee that they are one of a few people from that business that are not being investigated, but they are not allowed to tell anyone about the conversation, or they will be arrested.

The suspect then tells the victim that all of the cash from the business is being seized at the end of the night and is evidence. They tell the victim that the money is seized federal funds and since all banks are closed at the time they need to put the cash on gift cards.

They stay on the phone with the victim during the process and reiterate that they are being watched by US Marshalls. The suspect has the victim buy multiple gift cards with the cash and mail them to an out of state address.

The Crime Prevention Unit wants to warn that these scammers are very good at their job and can be very convincing. If someone that you don’t know calls you and asks you to pay for something in gift cards you should be suspicious.

If you have had a call from this scammer and did not fall victim there is no need to contact the police department. Report scams at https://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx or if you have suffered a monetary loss from this scam or any other scam you can make a report at 378-3038 or online at http://amarillo.gov/departments/public-safety-and-organizational-services/police.

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