In the last two days, the Lufkin Police Department has received several reports of a scam targeting the Spanish-speaking community. 

The scammer calls from +52-899-524-2336 with several different scenarios (a loved one is in trouble, in jail, being held hostage, has had a wreck, etc., in Mexico) and the victim needs to give money in the form of gift cards to the scammer, according to a press release from Jessica Pebsworth, communications director for the city of Lufkin. Some of the increments requested have been up to $10,000. 

“Thankfully no one has lost money as of yet to these scammers,” Pebsworth said. “Please help us get the word out to prevent anyone from falling victim to this scam.” 

The department used Google to translate the following, “so if it is rough, please forgive me,” Pebsworth said.

ALERTA DE ESTAFA: En los últimos dos días, hemos recibido varias llamadas de una estafa dirigida a nuestra comunidad de habla hispana.

El estafador llama al + 52-899-524-2336 con varios escenarios diferentes (un ser querido está en problemas, en la cárcel, siendo rehén, ha tenido un accidente, etc. en México) y la víctima necesita dar dinero en el forma de tarjetas de regalo para el estafador. Algunos de los incrementos solicitados han sido de hasta $ 10,000.

Afortunadamente, nadie ha perdido dinero hasta ahora a causa de estos estafadores.

Ayúdenos a correr la voz para evitar que alguien sea víctima de esta estafa.