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SCAM ALERT: Caller Poses as Deputy, Requires Money for Fine
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Sheriff's Offices around the state have been alerted to a scammer claiming to be a deputy sheriff who is demanding money to pay for bogus fines, then quickly pocketing the cash.
Franklin County Sheriff's deputies say a man has called more than 12 area residents. He identifies himself as Lt. Davis of the Franklin County Sheriff's Office. During most of the calls, deputies say, the scammer demands payment for a fine. The fine ranges from $500 to $800 or face 30 days in jail.
Deputies say the calls are likely originating from Georgia or Tennessee, while the phone numbers have local 614 or 525 exchanges.
Franklin County Sheriff Zach Scott says anyone who receives a suspicious phone call or email from someone purporting to be affiliated with a law enforcement agency demanding they pay a fine should be wary.
Scott says no one from the Franklin County Sheriff's Office would ever contact anyone and demand that they pay a fine or face jail time.
The Sheriff's Office is currently investigating this scam, and residents should be reminded:
Dont respond to phone calls, emails, faxes or text messages warning of dire consequences if you dont provide sensitive information immediately.
Dont provide personal information in response to an unsolicited phone call, email, fax or text message, no matter how legitimate it seems.
Review your account transactions regularly and contact your bank if you find any unauthorized transactions.
Always ask for and wait until you receive written material about any demand for payment.
If you think you have received such a call or scam, obtain the persons name, business identity, telephone number, street address, and mailing address. Remember, these con artists may give out false names, telephone numbers, or addresses, so you must verify the accuracy of these items.
Never send money or give out personal information such as credit card numbers and expiration dates, bank account numbers, dates of birth, or social security numbers to unfamiliar companies or unknown persons.
Contact the Franklin County Sheriff's Office immediately at 614-525-3333 if you're unsure of the legitimacy of any phone calls, or if you've responded to what you believe may have been a scam.
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