Tag: Scammers

Gas Station Pump Scammers Stopped through ‘Skimmer’ Sting

Mission police help dismantle a criminal cell dedicated at stealing credit card information with ‘skimmers’ installed at gas stations. The men were arrested during a raid last night after one victim noticed unauthorized transactions on her bank statement and reported the crime. 42-year-old Guadalupe Gutierrez was taken in front of a municipal court judge who charged him with engaging in organized crime and credit card abuse. Investigators say Gutierrez was caught on surveillance video using cloned credit cards produced by an accomplice who placed skimmers in gas pumps. “This is the first time we’ve seen it done in the...

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Michigan National Guard, FEMA help Flint amid water crisis

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Members of the Michigan National Guard are headed to Flint to help dole out bottled water, filters and other supplies to residents dealing with a drinking water crisis that began months ago. Gov. Rick Snyder activated the National Guard late Tuesday, and some members were expected to arrive as soon as Wednesday to assist state authorities and volunteers in the distribution effort. Flint’s tap water became contaminated with too much lead after the city switched its water supply in 2014 to save money while under state financial management. Local officials first declared a public health...

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Scammers Targeting AEP Customers, becoming more Sophisticated

AEP Texas is warning residents about a new phone scam, targeting their customers. I spoke with an official from AEP Texas, who tells us phone scams may be an old tactic, but scammers are becoming more sophisticated. AEP Texas says scammers are targeting you. Dialing your number, saying they represent the company, and asking you to pay up or get disconnected. According to AEP officials, it’s a scam…and they say it’s happening often here in the valley. “AEP Texas would not be the company contacting a customer to tell them that they are behind on the bill.” Jones says...

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Undocumented Families Seeking Legal Help could become Victims of Scams

The Manchaca family is cautiously optimistic about the future, but as they move on with the legal process, there are some dangers they need to be aware of. President Barack Obama has announced he will grant temporary legal status and work permits to almost five million undocumented immigrants living in the country illegally. That includes Adela, who has spent the last 15 years without a legal status. But the president’s orders might benefit more than just undocumented immigrants… Nonprofit organizations such as south Texas civil rights project say scammers could prey on families seeking legal aid. That is why...

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