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It’s July and tax season may be over, but that isn’t stopping scammers impersonating IRS agents from calling to collect whatever they can steal from unwitting victims, reports Detective Lisa Jardine of the Beaumont Police Department.

Jardine’s own family was recently the target of such a scam, but the longtime law enforcer didn’t fall prey to the confidence trick and instead had a little fun of her own.

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Tracy and Michele Byrd were recently the victims of a real estate scam.

While FBI studies and information from the National Crime Prevention Council (NPCP) indicate the elderly are attractive targets for fraudsters, literally anyone can be taken by a scam – no matter their age, no matter their intelligence. Even law enforcement officers like Lt.

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After years of scattered success scamming citizens, look-alike business directories continue to target small businesses and companies across the country using the Yellow Pages name and walking fingers logo to swindle profits from proprietors, reports the BBB and FTC.

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Scammers are always taking advantage of what’s new and popular. This time it’s WhatsApp, a smart phone application that allows users to send text, video and audio messages via the Internet. Scammers are impersonating the app to spread malware.

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Echoing caution expressed in recent weeks from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Orange County Sheriff Keith Merritt is warning local residents to beware of phone scams going on in the area. 

According to information from the Orange County Sheriff's Office (OCSO), with the holiday season in full swing, con artists are resorting to their old tricks to try to get folks to part with their hard-earned dollars.

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Since last summer, scammers have continued to target Entergy customers in Texas and surrounding states. The con artist calls and tells the customer their electric bill payment is past due, and that service will be disconnected within the hour if payment isn’t made.

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Warning from the Orange County Sheriff's Office:

In recent weeks, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office has received a rise in reports of scammers targeting Entergy customers.  Entergy is aware of the scam and has an Internet web page dedicated to this particular scam.  The link is: http://www.entergy.com/alerts/scam2.aspx

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The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office has been alerted to a new scam that is active in our area. In this scam, a resident received a call from an individual that was claiming to be employed by the Jefferson County Fraud Department. The caller ID showed the name of Jefferson County Courthouse. This can be done by what is termed spoofing by utilizing an electronic device or website with Voice Over IP (VOIP). The caller requested personal information from the resident as part of an investigation.

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Seniors all over Texas are receiving phone calls from individuals who want to make an appointment to come to your home and deliver a new Medical Alert that is all paid for by Medicare. But the truth is, Medicare does not pay for medical alert systems and this item is not free! This is merely a trick for you to give out personal information over the phone to strangers.

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Important press release from Texas SMP and The Better Business Bureau Education Foundation:

Seniors all over Texas are receiving phone calls from individuals who want to make an appointment to come to your home and deliver a new Medical Alert that is all paid for by

Medicare. But the truth is, Medicare does not pay for medical alert systems and this item is not free!  This is merely a trick for you to give out personal information over the phone to strangers.

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