A Scam We've Seen Before, Now With a New Twist

Newschannel 6 has a scam alert for you. Newschannel 6 is digging deeper into this scam we have seen before, but now it is with a new twist.

It is targeting Hispanic residents in Wichita Falls. Newschannel 6 sat down with one woman who was recently targeted. She says more and more victims are speaking out in the community.

Mickie Duran says the scammers called her home Monday and spoke with her 86 year old mother. They claimed to be a relative and needing money. Mickie tells Newschannel 6 it does not come as a shock because other residents say they have had the same type of phone call.

Mickie Duran's elderly mother lives with her at home. When her mother answered the phone Monday a male scammer began the conversation in Spanish. He proceeded to try and convince her that he was a grandchild in Mexico.


Mickie Duran goes on to say, "She said, I don't have anyone in Mexico and he said oh yes you do, you just don't remember me. He said what do you want me to bring you and she said nothing because I don't have money. And he said how much money do you really have, I know you have money."

Duran says the scammer became more and more aggressive. "He told her when I do go up there to Wichita Falls make sure the lady answers and opens the door for me."


But Mickie Duran and her mother are not the only ones being targeted. The Better Business Bureau is issuing a warning to all local Hispanic community members regarding this scam. It is targeting seniors and requesting money to be wired to Mexico. The BBB says the scammer may use a number of different stories and tactics, but residents need to be aware and not give any personal information out.

And Duran  is trying to get the word out too. "Don't believe it. Don't give any information out what so ever. We need to just really be prepared and take precautions."

Newschannel 6 spoke with another resident  who says her mother was also targeted by the same scam. In this phone call the scammer asked the elderly woman to leave her front door open because he was a nephew visiting from Mexico. He wanted to stop by and leave gifts for the family.

Newschannel 6 placed a call with the Wichita Falls Police Department to find out if they have received any complaints from residents regarding this scam. The WFPD has not received any calls but do advise residents to not give out any personal information.

Natalie Garcia,  Newschannel 6