Odessa Police Release More Information Regarding Recent Scam in the Basin

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND/ODESSA - More victims and more suspects in a scam targeting the elderly in West Texas.

The Odessa Police Department has released more information about the crooks and the cars they use.

Over the past few weeks, the Odessa Police Department has investigated 10 reports of theft, which sound a lot like the scam that's been going around the Midland/Odessa area.

The bad guys are taking advantage of people who are just trying to help a family member in need.

Police are looking for two white men, one about 20 years old with a slim build.

The second man is about 35 to 40 years old, with a mustache and beard, between 5'4" to 5'8".

The last suspect police are looking for is a white woman.

The way these suspects are allegedly scamming people is by pretending to be a loved one, usually a grandson or a nephew.

They say they are stranded on a highway and need money to have their car towed.

A second suspect, pretends to be a mechanic or with a tow truck service, and offers to come and pick-up the money.

But of course, they're never seen again.

Here's a list of some of the vehicles that may be involved.

  • Ford F150 Crew Cab, Silver, with a black toolbox
  • Smaller dark colored vehicle with spoiler possibly blue in color
  • Newer model black truck (unknown make)
  • Late model dark colored with lowered front end fog and fog lights.
  • Yellow smaller compact car, unknown make or model.
  • Blue 97 GMC Sierra PU.

Investigators say the suspects could be using any number of vehicles to keep from getting caught.

Authorities say one way to make sure you don't get scammed is to always confirm who someone says they are before you give them any money.

They also ask if you have any information on these suspects or vehicles, call Odessa Police or Odessa Crime Stoppers at 333-TIPS.