Scammers posing as police demand cash from residents in Cedar Hill, Duncanville

Written by Loyd Brumfield Loyd Brumfield
Published: 21 September 2018 21 September 2018

Cedar Hill, Duncanville, TX - Cedar Hill and Duncanville police are warning residents to be on the lookout for a couple of scams that have targeted victims in both communities.

Several residents told Cedar Hill police they have received phone calls claiming to be from the department in reference to fake arrest warrants, Lt. Colin Chenault said. 

The calls spoof the department's nonemergency number, 972-291-5181, and people who answer are told a warrant has been issued for a family member and a substantial amount of money is owed.

Some callers are instructed to contact "Detective Lucas" about sexually explicit images of their daughter. 

There is no "Detective Lucas" in the department, Chenault said.

"We can confirm this is a scam," he said.

A similar scam is making its way around Duncanville, Officer Doug Sisk said. Residents are receiving calls from a fake police officer who claims the victims are suspects in crimes and need to pay up to have their records expunged.

Also in Duncanville, scammers are posing as city utility workers or city employees to gain access to homes to steal things, Sisk said.

"No city employee or representatives from a utility company have been directed to show up at anyone's home requesting to check water quality or anything related to water quality," Sisk said. "If it involves a private contractor, they should have a permit and/or proper identification."

 Sisk also said police officers will never call residents about money matters.