ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) - Callers claiming to be Department of Homeland Security agents are targeting senior citizens in an effort to rip them off.
According to a report from Round Rock police, the victim receives contact from a person representing themselves as an agent in the Secure Housing Department.
From there, the fraudster tells the person they have received a check, usually from Reader's Digest or a similar company, in the amount of $495,000, issued to the victim. The caller then instructs the person to call Lloyds of London at 866-978-8178 to place a 1 percent security deposit on the package.
As the fraud continues, the victim is told to send various fees for registration, delivery, security, storage and taxes. Those fees are paid to a Chase or Wells Fargo bank account, or by money order to a post office box.
Phone numbers being used in this fraud are:
According to the release, no Secure Housing Department is located within Homeland Security, and the department is not involved in notifying "winners" of awards.
Lloyds of London is not associated with the fraud, nor does it conduct business in this manner.
If you receive contact for this or a similar-sounding scheme, do not send any money and contact your local police office for help.
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