Beware of Scams Posing as Sheriff's Deputies

Jun 05, 2024 at 11:17 am by Chandelar Williams

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, TENN. - Residents are being warned about two separate scams involving individuals impersonating local sheriff’s deputies to extort money.
In the first incident, scammers used the fake name of Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Mike Lee to threaten a woman with arrest for allegedly missing jury duty. The scammers informed her she would have to pay a fine and that deputies would come to her home for a signature comparison. They even claimed she would be arrested if she went to the Sheriff’s Office. Fortunately, the woman did not fall for the scam and instead reported the call to the Sheriff's Office. Officials emphasize that sheriff’s deputies do not threaten people for missing jury duty or demand money in such cases. If you receive such a call, simply hang up and report it to law enforcement.
In a separate case, a resident received three calls from someone using the name Reginald Hall, claiming to be from the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office. The caller insisted he needed to speak with the resident about an urgent legal matter. The Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that no employee named Reginald Hall exists within their department. This is another tactic scammers use to intimidate individuals into giving them money.
Authorities remind residents that the Sheriff’s Office does not call residents to request money for any reason. To protect yourself, do not engage with these callers. If you receive such a call, hang up immediately and report the incident to the Sheriff's Office.
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