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October 25, 2014
 

Scammers again targeting area residents

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Scammers are once again targeting residents of Montgomery County, purporting to be officials of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

Sgt. Steve Heise said the MCSO has received several complaints from victims who were told they had outstanding warrants, sometimes for failure to appear for jury duty.

“The subject will then ask the victim to put $1,000 on a Green Dot card and then give them the number over the phone, or they will be immediately arrested. “If a victim falls for it, it’s nearly impossible to get that money back,. “The scammer is hard to track, but we’re teaming with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations to try and track them down,”  Heise said.

He added that the scammers are very good at what they do. They will spoof the MCSO’s telephone number and give them information about the agency obtained from the Internet. The scammers will also give the victim information about themselves they’ve researched through the internet.

The scammers might also pose as someone with another agency, or sweepstakes companies, but in all instances, they want the victim to give them money using a Green Dot card.

“The best thing you can do, if you receive one of these calls, is to hang up and call the actual agency to verify.  “And keep in mind, government agencies will never ask for payment over the telephone,” Heise said.

Sheriff John Fuson added: “The public should remember that no one from the Montgomery County Sheriffs Office will ever call them seeking money – all fees and fines for civil and criminal matters are handled by the court clerk.

Heise asks that citizens educate themselves, and spread the word about this scam to their friends and families, so no one else becomes a victim.



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