New Scam Circulating El Paso County

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office wants to warn the public about a new scam that has emerged over the last two days.

EPSO says in three instances, a person has received a call alerting them that a family member was in a minor accident with a member of the mafia or someone on the run from the law. Each time, the person was told that their family member was being held hostage, and he or she would have to wire money to get their loved one released.

"In each of these cases the citizen's family member had NOT been in a traffic accident and the story has been fabricated by the caller in an effort to extort money," EPSO said in a release Saturday. "The Sheriff's Office asks citizens to beware of this scam and notify law enforcement immediately if a call like this is received."