We’ve been made aware of yet another scam circulating our town regarding a phone call about warrants!
While our volunteers DO make courtesy warrant notification calls from our main police line, we can assure you that we will NEVER ask for financial information, ask you to call another out of state number, or ask you to pay your warrant in gift cards or iTunes cards.
The warrant calls we do make, that occur on every other Wednesday, are simply a courtesy notification and direct you to visit the court in person to handle your unpaid fines – NOT to make any payments over the phone.
Should you receive the spoof/scam call, please report to the FTC via https://www.ftc.gov/complaint and do NOT provide any financial or identifying information over the phone.
Double check the validity of an email requesting money from you. If it sounds fishy, it likely is!
We have received some recent reports about emails circulating requesting money to help someone that’s in a “bad situation.” The emails may be short, abrupt and use incorrect language or they may be lengthy, well written and tug at your heart strings using local businesses or names you are familiar with. If you question the validity of the request, don’t be afraid to ask. Check the email address (usually a give away!), logos, phone numbers, addresses etc. If it sounds fishy, it likely is. Trust your instinct!
Public Information Officer/Media Relations Coordinator
Office 817-427-7076 || firstname.lastname@example.org
Person posing as Oncor employee offering to install a smart meter.
Our department received reports of a male subject going door to door attempting to offer smart meters to residents. Essentially, the scam involves the male soliciting smart meters and posing as an Oncor representative. He then tells residents that if they do not switch to a smart meter, Oncor will charge $200 and requests financial information and/or a copy of their electric bills.
The male is described as a white or Hispanic male, 5’6″-5’8″, late 20’s, dark hair, closely trimmed beard, stocky build, wearing a green reflective vest and an Oncor shirt, carrying a clipboard and smart meter paperwork. If you encounter a subject matching this description or encounter someone attempting the same scam, please contact police dispatch (via 9-1-1 or 817-281-1000) so an officer can be dispatched to the area. Dispatchers are available 24/7 to take your call.
Solicitors in North Richland Hills are required to register for a permit. All active solicitors are displayed via the City site. You can view them and other related information via the link.