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Phone Scam Targeting Residents Demanding Money to Avoid Arrest by McAllen Police Department

Caller cites failure to appear as reason for the call

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The City of McAllen would like to warn the community about a recent phone scam that is targeting residents, demanding money to avoid being arrested by the McAllen Police Department. The call, which originates from the number (956) 633-1935, states that the person has a warrant out for their arrest for a failure to appear for an outstanding ticket or other matter at McAllen Municipal Court and to avoid being arrested, payment over the phone is accepted. 

“This is a scam and anyone who receives this call should hang up and contact us or their respective police or law enforcement agency immediately,” said McAllen Chief of Police Victor Rodriguez.  

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According to McAllen Municipal Court Judge Lauren Sepulveda, who does collect payments for fines and tickets issued by the McAllen Police Department, City of McAllen code enforcement officers and others, the McAllen Municipal Court does not call individuals for any fines owed or with warrants out for their arrest seeking payment. 

“Because of COVID, arrangements for tickets and fines which are due can be made over the phone, when individuals contact us, not the other way around,” said Judge Sepulveda.  “The City of McAllen does not contact individuals via the telephone for any fines owed.”

If residents have received such a call, residents are asked to contact their respective municipal police department or law enforcement agency. McAllen residents can call the McAllen Police Department at (956) 681-2000.

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