Sheriff’s Office: heads up for Athens scam efforts

The Clarke County Sheriff’s Office is warning about a phone scam that is apparently making the rounds in Athens, with callers claiming to be US Marshals, court officers, and sheriff’s deputies. They’re telling victims that can avoid arrest by forking over cash.

From the Clarke Co Sheriff’s Office…

The Clarke County Sheriff’s Office is making efforts to alert the public of several nationwide imposter phone scams involving individuals claiming to be U.S. Marshals, court officers, the social security commission, and even deputy sheriffs. I am urging you to contact the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office at 706-613-3250 if these scammers are attempting to collect a fine in lieu of arrest for failing to report for jury duty or other offenses. They are telling the victims they can avoid arrest by purchasing a prepaid card such as a Green Dot card or gift card and read the card number over the phone to satisfy the fine. Always remember the following:

  • Law Enforcement, U.S. Marshals, nor a social security representative will never ask for credit/ debit card/ gift card numbers, wire transfers, or bank routing number. Never give this out over the phone.
  • Never divulge personal or financial information to unknown callers.
  • Report scam phone calls to your local law enforcement.
  • You can remain anonymous when you report.

While these callers may sound legitimate, I urge you to question the validity of the call. If in doubt, please call your local law enforcement. Don’t let the scammers swindle you from your hard-earned money.

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