Alamogordo, NM asked in Criminal Law and Identity Theft for Texas

Q: Is it considered impersonating a peace officer when answering the phone "Sheriff's Department,..." for possible scammer?

When receiving phone calls from possible scammers, is it illegal to say "Sheriff's Department, Fraud Division. This is a recorded line, how may we help you?" when answering the phone?

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Edgardo Rafael Baez
Edgardo Rafael Baez
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • San Antonio, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: I must say, although this is a clever way to get rid of these scam calls, I would select another entity to imitate, although it does not appear that you would be impersonating an officer but I would not take a chance if I was you. Many blessings to you!

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