Social Security scam heads north of the river

A scammer sounding a lot like the one who tried unsuccessfuly to coerce a Rockdale woman into giving up banking account information last week appears to be plying his trade in Cameron.

Cameron Police Chief Randy Dixon said multiple residents have reported receiving calls from a man with a middle eastern accent claiming to work for the Social Security Administration and asking for banking information.

“He attempts a very hard push and when challenged will hang up,” Dixon said.

Last week virtually identical calls were reported by a 76-yearold Rockdale resident who, with the help of her daughter, kept the man talking and contacted the real Social Security Administration on another phone to verify that he was a scammer.

CALLS— Calls dispatched from the Milam County Sheriff’s Department during the past week were listed as follows:

July 23—Suspicious vehicle, CR 330; medical call, North US 77; information, US 77; found wallet, FM 2269; information, Rockdale; theft/arrest, CR 357; report information, CR 264; report information, CR 358; missing cattle, CR 254, Branchville area; hang up, unknown area; medical call, Estelle Drive, Rockdale area; possible scam, CR 303; medical call, North FM 908, Rockdale area; burglary of habitation, North FM 487; trespass, US 79, Rockdale area; burn ban violation, Praesel Addition, Rockdale area; motorist assist, FM 485 East, Cameron area; medical call, South FM 1915, Buckholts area; welfare check, Gause area; disabled vehicle, US 79 West, Milano area; motorist assist, US 79, Milano area; medical call, Whip-O-Will, Rockdale area.

July 24—Motorist assist US 77, Cameron area; request to speak to deputy, North Travis, city not listed; suspicious vehicle, CR 358, Gause area; civil matter, Tennessee; criminal trespass notice, Sierra Drive, Rockdale area; disturbance, CR 215; criminal trespass notice, CR 205, Buckholts area; civil matter, West US 79, Rockdale area; suspicious activity, East FM 485, Cameron area; request to speak to deputy, FM 485 East.

Thursday—Request to speak to deputy, Rockdale Police Department; information, CR 306, Rockdale area; criminal mischief, CR 328, Milano area; civil matter, South Bowie, city not listed; request to speak to deputy, North TX 36, Cameron area; welfare concern, Rockdale area; request to speak to deputy, Milam County.

Friday—Information, Rockdale area; civil matter, Buckholts area; animal welfare, CR 232 Loop, Minerva area; scam attempt, CR 105, Buckholts area; request to speak to deputy, CR 233, Minerva area; information, Beverly Drive, Rockdale area; phone harassment, CR 306; Rockdale area; animal nuisance, Whip- O-Will, Rockdale area; 911 hang up, West US 79, Thorndale area; theft, Holly Drive, Rockdale area; scam attempt, FM 2269; assault/ arrest, CR 350A Gause area; traffic, CR 346; 911 hang up, CR 232 Loop, Minerva area; road hazard, FM 487; civil matter, Ben Arnold area.

Saturday—Domestic in progress,

CR 408; welfare concern, CR 350A, Gause area; animal nuisance, FM 1444, Ben Arnold area; information, CR 203 Loop, Cameron area; road hazard, US 1690, Cameron areal arrest made, US 77, Cameron are;a trespassing, CR 432, Rockdale area; suspicious male, FM 1786; suspicious phone calls, CR 239, Cameron area; theft, Estelle Drive, Rockdale area; verbal threats, CR 314, Rockdale area; information, CR 442, Thorndale area; medical call CR 250 Loop, Maysfield area; loud music, Praesel Addition, Rockdale area; family matter, Briar Lane, Rockdale area; suspicious activity, Beverly Drive, Rockdale area; loud music, US 77 North, Rockdale area; juvenile case, North FM 487, Rockdale area.

Sunday—Animal nuisance, A lamo Road, Cameron area; criminal mischief, CR 264; wanted person, CR 342, Milano area; civil matter, CR 414; information, Gabriel’s Crossing, Thorndale area; request to speak to deputy, CR 264, Gause area; civil matter, TX 36, Cameron area; information, Eagle Way, Leander; information, Rockdale area; welfare concern, Buckholts area.

Monday—Assist other agency, Bowie Street, city not listed; suspicious vehicle, FM 487, Rockdale area; criminal mischief, CR 353; Gause area; criminal trespass notice, CR 215, Cameron area; information, Rockdale area; phone scam, Gause area; animal nuisance, North US 77, Rockdale area; information, CR 355A, Maysfield area; fraud/agency assist, West Oak Street, Gause; criminal mischief, North FM 486; suspicious person/vehicle, South 6th Street, Buckholts; request citation be served, CR 437.

There were also nine loose livestock calls for the sheriff’s department during the week.

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