PAPD warns of 9-1-1 scam

Published 5:04 pm Monday, August 22, 2016

Port Arthur Police are warning the public of a scam reportedly from Port Arthur Police Dispatch’s 9-1-1 operators saying the person will be arrested if they do not pay a fine.

They are told to send money using Western Union, according to a press release from PAPD.

9-1-1 Dispatch Operators do not call people regarding payments for tickets, nor does the Port Arthur Municipal Court take payment via Western Union.

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This is the latest variation of a scam that has been going around for quite some time. Anyone demanding payment via any of the wire services or gift cards indicates they are most likely in another country. Do not send money.

If you have any doubt about whether or not you have outstanding warrants for unpaid tickets or charges with the Port Arthur Municipal Court, you may contact them directly at (409) 983-8686.