Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

Local News

September 28, 2012

Police warn local residents about increase in scams


Jacksonville Police officials said there has been a recent increase in the number of residents reporting being victims of scams and with with holiday season upcoming, the department has some tips to avoid becoming a victim.

“We have see an increase this year from one report every few months to two and three a month now,” Police Chief Reece Daniel said.

Daniel said one of the more prevalent scams involves a person calling claiming to be a relative in a foreign country and has been involved in an accident, arrested, needs funding for a funeral or business or lost money to get back home to the States.

He said a good scam artist can gather information from social websites and public records to convince their relatives that they are who they claim to be and ask them to wire money for bail or a plane ticket home.

Daniel said the first step in guarding against scammers is to question the caller carefully without giving any more personal information for their use. He said if it is properly done, the scammer will usually hang up and move on.

“Should you continue to talk to them they will give you a telephone number that is supposed to be the U.S. Consulate or U.S. Embassy,” he said. “That number will be answered by an official-sounding person who is an accomplice and will confirm the bogus story in an attempt to get you to send money to the purported relative.”

Daniel said it never hurts to call relatives to confirm the story before sending cash, and local police departments and the FBI can track down the proper foreign offices to decipher if it a scam or legitimate.

“Prosecution of foreign criminals is next to impossible, so the best defense is to be suspicious of any request for you to wire money overseas or to Mexico,” Daniel said. “Not becoming a victim is the best course of action because the chances of a successful prosecution are slim and you will never get your money back.”

Capt. John Raffield with the Cherokee County Sheriff's Department said they have not seen an increase in the number of scams reported, but said their most common scam involves claims that the victim has won the lottery.

He said the scammer will tell the victim they won millions of dollars but must send in money to cover the taxes on the winnings. He said the scammer may send them a check for $3,000 and instruct the victim to keep $1,000 and send the rest back through Western Union.  

“They end up having you pay for the total amount on the check,” he said. “It shows good after five days in the bank, then three days later  you get a call from the bank saying, 'hey that check wasn't any good,'” Raffield said.

Anyone with questions on common scams can contact the Jacksonville Police Department Crime Prevention Unit at 903-586-2236.

Text Only
Local News
  • RuskProtestMain.tif Rusk protest highlights views concerning border issues

    Several Texans gathered Saturday in Rusk -- not only to protest the recent federally-sponsored flood of illegal immigrants into the U.S., but to demand state officials to do something about it.
    Nearly 20 concerned citizens gathered at the intersection of U.S. highways 69 and 84 Saturday afternoon, waving flags and hand-lettered signs asking for secure borders and better action on the matter.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • RISD board mulls $16M budget

    Local school board members are considering a $16,671,955 proposed general fund budget for Rusk ISD's upcoming fiscal year – which begins Sept. 1 – but are nowhere near close to adopting the budget, said Lesa Jones, assistant district superintendent for finance and operation.

    July 22, 2014

  • National Night Out to return to Jacksonville

    National Night Out ( NNO) festivities will be returning  to Jacksonville this year.
    Jacksonville Police Crime Prevention Officer Detective Tonya Harris said all Jacksonville residents are encouraged to participate this year by sponsoring or attending a National Night Out party on Oct. 7.

    July 22, 2014

  • Tina_Baggett.tif Gallatin resident seeks help with expenses after diagnosis

    A Gallatin woman and longtime employee at Prosperity Bank is about to undergo the first stage of procedures for stem cell harvesting.
    Tina Baggett, 51, became unable to work in February due to complications from multiple myeloma, a cancer of the bone marrow.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Bullard group rallies behind alcohol petition

    A petition calling for a city-wide city election this November that would make all areas of Bullard wet, including those which fall in Cherokee County, has proven successful, as more than the required 221 signatures have been collected.

    July 19, 2014

  • mom and kids_6776.tif Jacksonville woman celebrates 100th birthday surrounded by family, friends

    Ethel Terry, a lifelong resident of Jacksonville, celebrated her 100th birthday with an open house on July 15 at the Twin Oaks Care Facility in Jacksonville.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Cemetery grass.tif Extra rainfall produces more abundant lawns, extends hay season

    Steady periods of rain this summer have been a homeowner's dream, as lawns appear more lush than in previous years.
    But for city workers, that same growth has taken on nightmarish proportions.
    “It's a maintenance nightmare,” said Ben Briley, director of the City of Jacksonville Parks and Recreation Department.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Cherokee County arrests: July 8-14

    The Daily Progress will publish a list of arrests from the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office on a weekly basis.

    July 19, 2014

  • Detective recovers nearly $7K in case

    When a Jacksonville woman became a victim of a scam, Jacksonville Police Detective Greg Compton stopped at nothing to solve the case.
    In early January, Compton said a neighbor of a 94-year-old woman reported that someone had “taken advantage of her.”

    July 17, 2014

  • Bullard ISD names interim leader

    During a meeting Monday night, the Bullard ISD Board of Trustees appointed Joe Dan Lee as Interim Superintendent.

    July 17, 2014