Pampa Phone Scam

Texas inmates are preying on the kindness of strangers from behind bars.

This scam is seven years old but for the first time it's hitting our area.

That is something the people at this cafe can tell you firsthand.

They've already had six regular customers that have been victims.

The basic idea is this, inmates calling from within Harris County Detention Center trick you into pressing star 72.

That gives them the ability to use your phone line to make all the calls they want at 40 cents per minute.

If this has happened to you go to your phone right now and press star 73.

That cancels their ability to use your line.

Experts say the best way to protect yourself from scams like these is to never accept collect charges from people you do not know.

And do not press the star button ever.