Sullivan County Sheriff's Office warns of phone scams

J. H. Osborne • Apr 7, 2020 at 10:00 PM

BLOUNTVILLE — The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office is warning the public not to fall for telephone scammers demanding money.

In a short statement released Monday afternoon, the sheriff’s office advised it has had reports of some familiar telephone scam starting again.

These phone scammers have been calling and speaking to members of the public and introducing themselves as an employee of the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office. These scammers are giving the names of sheriff’s office employees and telling those on the phone that there is a warrant for their arrest due to missing jury duty and that they can send money or go to jail. A twist on the scam has the caller claiming your family member is in jail and you need to send money for bond.

“Under no circumstances will the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office contact anyone requesting money to avoid incarceration,” SCSO Capt. Andy Seabolt wrote. “We urge those that receive these types of calls to contact the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office at 279-7330 and report these incidents.”

Stimulus checks

Seabolt said the sheriff’s office wanted to preemptively address another potential scam that could be coming soon.

“While we are on the subject, we’d like to remind everyone that the IRS will begin distributing the COVID-19 economic impact payments over the next few weeks. The IRS has advised that they will not request the personal information of anyone prior to distributing the economic impact payments. The IRS will also not contact anyone to pay a fee to receive the economic impact payment.”

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