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  • Grant Scheme Targets Valley Residents Play Video

    October 6, 2014 5:25 PM

    ALTON - Officials are warning Rio Grande Valley residents about deceiving phone calls. Rene Tijerina of Alton said one such call cost her more than $200. Rene Tijerina said she was in a vulnerable mood when she got that phone call Saturday. Tijerina said the callers told her... more »
  • Brownsville Man Falls Victim to Real Estate Scheme Play Video

    October 3, 2014 5:27 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - A Brownsville resident says he is out thousands of dollars after he was promised a new home he never got. The Aguilar family said they couldn't wait to move into their new home. Williams Aguilar and his wife said they saved all they could to buy a... more »
  • Hidalgo County Officials Warn Residents About Jury Duty Scheme

    September 3, 2014 9:25 PM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County officials say someone is trying to extort money from county residents through a jury-duty scheme. District Clerk Laura Hinojosa and Sheriff's Spokesman J.P. Rodriguez revealed the scheme at a news conference Wednesday. They say it involves someone posing as a county court or sheriff's department... more »
  • IRS Warns about Telephone Scheme Play Video

    September 2, 2014 11:02 PM

    EDINBURG - The Internal Revenue Service is warning Rio Grande Valley residents about a telephone scheme. Federal officials said people are falsely claiming to be with the IRS and threatening taxpayers with arrest. An Edinburg couple said they got one such call. Irene Pumarejo said she did... more »
  • BPUB Warns about Extortion Scheme Play Video

    August 11, 2014 7:56 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Officials with Brownsville's Public Utilities Board issued a warning about an ongoing scam. They say people claiming to be BPUB employees are calling customers and demanding money. They say at least 30 customers complained about the scam during the past three weeks. They say the number of... more »
  • Scheme Targets Families of Unaccompanied Minors Play Video

    July 29, 2014 8:03 PM

    WESLACO - The FBI is asking families of unaccompanied minors to be on high alert for a new scam. Investigators two weeks ago realized they'd found a new trend targeting families of unaccompanied minors in the United States. According to investigators, employees or contractors at two holding facilities... more »
  • Fake Officer Targets Elderly Residents in Cameron County Play Video

    July 25, 2014 7:09 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Authorities say a man posing as a court officer may be trying to steal money from the elderly. Authorities say the suspect calls people to collect supposed fines "They called this lady and said she failed to show up to jury duty," Cameron County Sheriff Omar... more »
  • Mercedes Woman Becomes Victim of Real Estate Scheme Play Video

    July 3, 2014 7:29 PM

    MERCEDES - A Mercedes woman became the victim of an online real estate scheme. Real estate agents say would-be scam artists go online and look up local real estate listings. They look for homes that have photos along with the listing. They copy and paste the photos and create... more »
  • Police Warn About Tax Scheme Play Video

    April 8, 2014 9:09 PM

    McALLEN - Hidalgo police are asking residents to be aware of calls from individuals claiming to represent the Internal Revenue Service. Robert Valdes, an employee with the Hidalgo Police Department, got one of those calls. Valdes said his knowledge of the law and quick thinking kept him from... more »
  • McAllen Man Accused of Posing as Attorney Play Video

    January 20, 2014 5:24 PM

    McALLEN - Several Rio Grande Valley residents say they lost thousands of dollars to a man who claimed to be an immigration attorney. The victims said Emilio Zabala charged them thousands of dollars for filing paperwork, but he never followed through. CHANNEL 5 NEWS found out that Zabala... more »
  • Weslaco Woman Accused of Theft in Unemployment Scheme Play Video

    January 8, 2014 8:14 PM

    WESLACO - A Weslaco woman was arrested on aggravated theft charges after she allegedly used other people's Social Security numbers to claim unemployment benefits. Federal prosecutors said Alejandra Resendez got the numbers and dates of birth without the owners' knowledge. They said she then turned and used that information... more »
  • Online Scheme Poses as Government Site Play Video

    January 7, 2014 5:22 PM

    SAN JUAN - An application for a government grant nearly turned a San Juan resident into the victim of an online scam. Derrell Settle said he wanted the money to grow his business. "I wanted to open a car wash," he said. "I just wanted to grow and... more »
  • RV Park Manager Accused of Defrauding Winter Texans Play Video

    January 2, 2014 8:39 PM

    MISSION - The former manager of a Winter Texan RV park is accused of using questionable contracts to defraud people out of more than $1 million. Winter Texans now are suing to get their money back. Dozens of Winter Texans signed the one-page contracts and paid $12,000 each... more »
  • Harlingen Man Demands Refund from Transmission Shop Play Video

    December 5, 2013 9:23 PM

    HARLINGEN - A trip to a mechanic left a Harlingen resident without a vehicle for more than two months. The mechanic will not return the man's calls, so he called 5 On Your Side for help. Chris Ortega thought he was getting a good deal when he took... more »
  • Sophisticated Fraud Targets Valley Residents Play Video

    December 4, 2013 8:14 PM

    MISSION - Rio Grande Valley officials said there is a new type of fraud targeting the region. The scheme is both sophisticated and easy to commit. Criminals search county records to find their victims, officials said. The fraud involves a cheap letterhead, forged documents and a postage stamp.... more »
  • Scheme Tries to Get Information from Weslaco Man Play Video

    November 4, 2013 9:02 PM

    WESLACO - A Weslaco resident says he almost fell for a scheme that promised free barbecue meat. Robert Alaniz said he got a flyer advertising a free barbecue starter pack from La Michoacana Meat Market. The offer, though, was a scheme to pry for personal information, he said. ... more »
  • Extortionists Target UTB Students Play Video

    September 10, 2013 8:48 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - University of Texas at Brownsville officials are warning international students about an ongoing scam. Officials said thieves are calling students and telling them they have not updated their alien registration numbers. The criminals tell the students federal agents will deport them if they don't do as they... more »
  • UTB Warns Students about Scheme Play Video

    September 10, 2013 4:30 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - University of Texas at Brownsville officials are warning international students about an ongoing scam. Officials said thieves are calling students and telling them they have not updated their alien registration numbers. The criminals tell the students federal agents will deport them if they don't do as they... more »
  • Bogus Check Scheme Targets Brownsville Police Chief Play Video

    August 27, 2013 4:19 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - The Brownsville police chief said he is in awe after scammers sent bogus checks to his office. Chief Orlando Rodriguez said the two checks were made to look like they were issued by reputable companies. Rodriguez said the sender included instructions asking him to cash the... more »
  • Investigation Launched into Bogus Fundraiser Play Video

    August 19, 2013 5:28 PM

    McALLEN - Police have launched an investigation into a bogus fundraiser in McAllen. Workers at a nightclub said they were shocked to find out they were supposedly hosting the alleged fundraiser. They said dozens of people showed up with tickets for a barbeque that wasn't there. Club Fuego... more »
  • Phone Scheme Targets Homeless in Brownsville Play Video

    July 30, 2013 5:22 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Operators of a phone scam tried to target people at a homeless shelter in Brownsville, officials said. Brownsville police now are looking for that group of people. Leo Rosales, with the Good Neighbor Settlement House, said he asked to group to leave the shelter. He tried... more »
  • Home Repair Scheme Targets Mercedes Residents Play Video

    June 6, 2013 8:09 PM

    MERCEDES - A Mercedes resident said a company tried to trick her into buying a home-protection policy she didn't need. Marcella Baraza said the letter offered coverage for repairs on things like water mains. She said that was the first red flag. She called 5 On Your Side.... more »
  • Real Estate Scheme Targets Valley Renters Play Video

    April 17, 2013 7:35 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - A real estate scheme is offering deals that are too good to be true, a local expert said. The scheme involves Craigslist postings offering large, modern homes at very low rental rates. "People want to do it because they see a home that's just gorgeous... more »
  • Man Warns about Sweepstakes Scheme Play Video

    April 12, 2013 8:50 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - The promise of riches led a man to become entangled in a sweepstakes scheme. Ignacio Torres paid up hoping to collect millions. Now his mailbox is overflowing with other sweepstakes offers. Torres said the supposed contest asked him for money in return for the winnings.... more »
  • Man Wanted in Charity Scheme

    February 8, 2013 8:24 PM

    HARLINGEN - Officials of a local charity say someone is posing as one of their workers to scam money from local residents. The man has used an American Military Support business card and a flyer to solicit donations. The man is going door to door in different areas of... more »
  • Check Scheme Targets Weslaco Woman

    November 9, 2012 7:38 PM

    WESLACO - A Craigslist posting drew the attention of a national check-cashing scheme, a Weslaco woman said. Yasmin Chapa listed an audio mixer for sale on the website. The asking price was $700. A day later a prospective buyer contacted her husband to close the deal. The check... more »
  • Online Fling Turns Sour for Weslaco Woman

    November 6, 2012 7:23 PM

    WESLACO - A woman said her search for love online almost cost her thousands of dollars. Olby Hughes said she went online to find her soul mate. Hughes met a man who claimed to be a businessman. "Supposedly, he was from McAllen. It looked very promising," Hughes... more »
  • FDA Warns about Bogus Agents

    September 25, 2012 5:38 PM

    WESLACO - Federal officials are warning of people posing as Food and Drug Administration agents. The FDA said the bogus agents are after personal information and cash. Officials said the criminals call people to harass them about buying medicines online or over the phone. They say those practices are... more »
  • Authorities Warn About Utility Bill Payment Scam

    July 11, 2012 1:08 PM

    AUSTIN - Texas officials have issued a warning about a new identity theft scam. The Texas Attorney General's Office said the scam claims a new program established by the Obama Administration will provide assistance to pay utility bills. The scammers are going door to door, using social media,... more »
  • State Department Warning Diversity Visa Applicants About Fraudulent Emails

    March 29, 2012 11:13 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Department of State issued a warning about an increase in fraudulent emails and letters sent to Diversity Visa program applicants. The people sending the emails are posing as government officials to try to get money from applicants. The State Department is reminding Visa Lottery applicants... more »
  • Woman Says She Almost Fell Victim to Cyber Crime

    January 24, 2012 7:04 PM

    HARLINGEN - One woman is using the power of the Internet to warn about a cyber crime that has the attention of the FBI. "There's no credit check. There's no application fee. That was something that really appealed to me," says Romy Zarate. "Because I would have done it.... more »

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