Scam Alert: Waco PD warns about man posing as Chief’s son, asking for money
WACO, Texas (KWTX) - The Waco Police Department on Monday said it has received numerous reports of someone posing as the son of Police Chief Sheryl Victorian and asking for money.
“We would like everyone to know Chief Victorian does not have any kids and, if she did, she would help them with the resources they need,” the police department said.
“If someone approaches you claiming to be any part of Chief Victorian’s family and asking for money, kindly tell them to call her.”
Victorian says she’d never heard of a scam quite like this before.
“I had not, it was something very new to me,” she said. “I just think that’s odd, people will just try anything.”
The first incident was reported several months ago, she said.
“This has actually been going on for a minute, this is like the third time,” Victoria told KWTX Monday. “I have no idea who this person is, I don’t have any relatives in the City of Waco.”
In fact, the only ‘kids’ Victorian has have four legs: her two dogs.
“My children have paws,” she said. “So if you see a little Rotty or a little Lab running around with a nametag on that says they belong to me, those are the only children I have.”
Unfortunately, she says, the scam has already worked at least once.
“Somebody actually gave this individual a $100 bill, and that person emailed me and was like ‘hey, he told me he would get my money back I’m just trying to get in touch with your son,’” said Victorian. “I said ‘call me’ and he called and I was like ‘I do not have a son.’”
Information on the scammer is very limited, the Chief said, however, it’s not technically illegal as no official form of fake identification was presented.
“I’m not really sure there are charges that could be filed, the fact that he’s representing himself as my son is not against the law, it’s unethical, but it’s not against the law,” said Victorian. “I would hope that people would believe that if I had a son in the City of Waco, that he should be able to get in touch with me anytime, and I don’t want people to be scammed out of their hard-earned money believing that they’re doing something to help me.”
Her advice: “Safeguard your property and your money, ask questions.”
Victorian, sworn into her position on March 15, 2021, made history as the first Black person and first female to serve as police chief in Waco.
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