There is a scam alert from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office. Investigators in Jefferson say the con artists are posing as police officers and, in one case, convinced a victim to UPS more than $20 thousand to a drop location in Butts County. The victim says he was told he needed to send the money to avoid facing criminal charges. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office says the victim in that case was able to get his money back.
From the Jackson Co Sheriff’s Office Facebook page…
On March 2, 2023, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office received a report about a citizen being scammed into sending $20,000 cash via UPS to a drop location in Butts County, GA. The victim quickly determined that they had been scammed and reported this to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and UPS. This victim had been made to believe that they needed to send this money to avoid the government from taking charges against him. This was done by the offenders representing themselves as a local police chief. Jackson County investigators worked with UPS investigators to get the cash recovered before it was picked up by the unknown offender. UPS was able to take the money back to a UPS hub in Griffin, GA. Jackson County investigators responded to this location, recovered the cash, and returned it to the victim. Please remember that if anyone asks you to send cash, money orders, prepaid debit cards, or any of your personal information and you don’t feel comfortable, please contact the authorities to verify the transaction is legit. Neither the Federal, State, or Local government will ever call and ask you to send money to avoid criminal charges.
Citizens are encouraged to notify their local law enforcement agencies of any suspicious persons, crimes or other relevant information by calling 911, Capt. Dale A. Dillow at (706) 387-6043, or the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office at (706) 367-8718. Also please remember that you can provide information without being involved or identified by contacting the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office’s Anonymous Tip Line at (706) 367-3784 to report any Criminal or Suspicious Activity
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