AUSTIN (KXAN) — Thieves are posing as employees of the Attorney General’s office to steal unsuspecting victims’ money and identities.
According to the Attorney General’s office, nearly 200 people who recently applied for a short-term loan reported they received repeated phone calls from someone who claimed to be an employee at the Attorney General’s office.
They informed their victims the Attorney General’s office was launching a criminal investigation against them due to a failure to make payments on their loan. The impersonators then asked for personal information in an effort to confirm their victims’ identities like social security numbers, home addresses and current employers.
After they gathered the sensitive information from their victims, the imposters tried to convince them to resolve the issue by paying the loan immediately. In order to do this they instruct their victims to buy a pre-paid debit card at a nearby convenience store, load it with the loan amount and tell them the card’s number.
When the imposters receive the card number they are able to both steal the funds on the card and use the victim’s sensitive personal financial information to steal their identity.
The office of the Attorney General released a statement on Monday to remind people they will never ask for immediate repayment or issue an arrest warrant against someone due to failure to make payments on short-term loans.