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Blotter: Woman reports possibly being scammed

A woman told Denton police Monday she believes a loan company that offered to loan her money for college expenses scammed her.

She said she found the company online and filled out the forms. She was notified that she was approved but would have to post a $150 deposit, she said. She wired the money via Western Union and was under the impression that the money would be deposited in her bank account in 10 minutes.

But nothing happened. She waited an hour and called the loan company. Someone who answered the phone said they were having computer problems and the money would arrive shortly. But it didn’t.

She called again and was told she would need to send another $250 to receive the $1,000 loan. An officer called the telephone number but could not reach anyone, according to the report.


Other reports

1000 block of Crescent Street — A woman reported Monday that she received a letter from a collection agency about a bad check she supposedly wrote in Houston. The check was signed with her maiden name, she said, and had the address of her parents’ former home in Houston.

2400 block of Worthington Drive — Someone took eight tires and wheels from the back of an 18-wheeler while it was parked at a transportation company overnight, according to a report made Monday. The thieves had jacked up the back end of the tractor trailer and left it neatly on wooden blocks, according to the report. The combined loss was nearly $8,000.

3100 block of Jim Crystal Road — Someone stole the front two tires and wheels from a delivery truck parked outside a business between noon and 7 p.m. Monday, according to a report. The thieves jacked up the front of the truck and left it.



From 7 a.m. Monday to 7 a.m. Tuesday:

•  Denton police handled 299 service and officer-initiated calls, including five thefts, two vehicle burglaries, one threat, one unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, two cases of fraud, one burglary, two reports of identity theft, one assault, one missing person and one suicidal person.

•  Denton County sheriff’s dispatchers handled 649 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies they serve. Thirty-seven people were booked into county jail. Deputies took reports of one criminal mischief, one forgery, two domestic disturbances, one report of harassment and two thefts.

•  Denton firefighters responded to 14 medical calls, three smoke investigations, one alarm and two requests for public service.

Argyle firefighters responded to one alarm and two medical calls.

Aubrey firefighters responded to one alarm, three medical calls, one grass fire and one heat exposure.

Krum firefighters responded to one request to assist another agency, one alarm, two medical calls, one suicide attempt and one traffic accident.

Lake Cities firefighters responded to five medical calls, one alarm, one downed power line, one grass fire, one vehicle fire, one heat exposure and one request to unlock a vehicle.

Oak Point firefighters responded to two medical calls and one grass fire.

Ponder firefighters responded to one alarm and one grass fire.

Pilot Point firefighters responded to three medical calls, one grass fire, one heat exposure and one road hazard.

Ponder firefighters responded to one alarm and one grass fire.

Sanger firefighters responded to one alarm, seven medical calls, one request to assist a citizen, one grass fire and two suicide attempts.

— Donna Fielder


Denton County Crime Stoppers will pay a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest in these or other crimes. Callers will remain anonymous. Call 1-800-388-TIPS (8477). Reach the Denton police narcotics tip line at 940-565-5801.