GEORGETOWN, Texas (KXAN) - Callers claiming to be Department of Homeland Security agents is the latest in a string of scams targeting senior citizens across Texas.
A game of dominoes at the community center in Georgetown can get pretty tough sometimes, almost as tough as fending off callers trying to pry money from their hands. Some said they get at least two calls a week soliciting information or money.
"If I see the number and recognize the number, then I'll answer it," Duke Schneider said. "Most time I don't recognize the number, I just let it ring."
Others are catching on to the scammers attempts to rip them off.
"I just tell them I'm not interested," Merle Williams said. "I don't give out information."
The group at the community center said they have scammers on their radar on full-time, but also have friends who have fallen prey to phone thieves.
"I said, 'I don't have money to give to you,'" Mary Ramos said of her response to the scammers request. "You give me the money that I won and I'll be glad to give you your money."
Authorities in Round Rock said thieves targeting senior citizens is nothing new, as they work to find out who is behind the phone scam using Homeland Security's name. So far, the department has been able to track down several phone numbers, some toll free types, other's known area codes. But when the numbers are called, no one answers.
Police say these scams often use reputable business names and frequently offer lucrative payoffs to attract victims of all age groups.
"We have scams that are specifically targeting young people," said Dee Carver with the Round Rock Police Department. "There are scams for our elderly, there are specific scams for those that like to gamble or play the lottery. If you're not careful, you can be a victim of a scam."
Authorities say if you answer the phone, find out as much information as you can and call police.
"People are mean in this world, doing that to people like us," Ramos said. "We're just making it, they shouldn't do that to us."
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