SHERIFF ALERTS THE PUBLIC TO PHONE SCAMS

ONE IS ABOUT JURY DUTY, THE OTHER ABOUT THE IRS      

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Scam Advisory – Henderson County

October 17, 2017

The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office has taken calls concerning two phone scams that continue to circulate in the area.

The first involves a scammer calling to advise potential victims they have missed jury duty and there is a warrant out for their arrest. Details from this particular scam call involved the caller instructing the potential victim to come to the Sheriff’s Office and turn themselves in to “Sgt. Wilson.” The scammer instructed the potential victim to get “verification cards” in the amounts of $250.00 from Rite Aid and Dollar General. The phone number appeared to come from a local telephone number; however, these numbers are often spoofed to add legitimacy to the scam. The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office does not contact residents by phone to demand payment or threaten arrest concerning missed jury duty.

The IRS scam phone calls continue to circulate in the area as well. Scammers claiming to be from the IRS threaten potential victims with arrest as a result of back taxes. If you receive a call from an individual purporting to be from a government agency that demands payment or threatens arrest, please hang up and do not give out any personal information.