Fake phone calls from someone claiming to be with the IRS or Social Security Office have been increasing in recent weeks for Rutherford County residents.
If you get a phone call asking for money to help Murfreesboro Police Officers or Firefighters, think twice before saying yes.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and area law enforcement are warning people to avoid answering the phone for a number you don't know.
IRS impostors are threatening arrests, lawsuits, and property seizures unless the victim pays up. Law enforcement and the Federal Trade Commission warns residents to be very aware of this scam.
Have you received a phone call where the caller asks for a donation that will be utilized by local police? If you did, it is a scam.
Unfortunately, Tennessee consumers end up paying when they're duped by Medicare swindlers who are after consumers' money and personal information.
Kind-hearted Tennesseans will turn to charitable organizations this year to help make a positive impact for those who are less fortunate. Unfortunately, charity scammers will use the end-of-year giving surge and take advantage to consumers' generosity.
For scammers, the season of holiday giving is the season of taking, and Tennesseans' hard-earned money again tops scammers' wish lists.
The Rutherford County Sheriff's Department is warning citizens of a scam.
The Rutherford County Sheriff's Department and Rutherford County Fire and Rescue are warning residents of a phone solicitation scam.
Have you ever received an email, phone call or letter from Publishers Clearing House saying that you were a big winner?
The Tennessee Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) is warning Tennesseans of a scam in which victims are contacted via Facebook messenger and then asked to wire funds in order to receive money from a federal workers' compensation program.
The Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance (TDCI) and the Tennessee Motor Vehicle Commission are warning consumers to avoid purchasing vehicles advertised through a phony website created and operated by scammers posing as the proprietors of a legitimate Lawrenceburg auto dealer.
A new technique called "shimming" is another way scammers can steal your bank account information - even if your card has a chip.
The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers of a new scam that involves fake government warning letters being sent to people who buy medications online or on the phone.
With new Medicare cards slated to arrive in Tennessee sometime after June, the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance (TDCI) is warning Medicare beneficiaries to be wary of scammers...
The cost of fraud was steep: Tennessee's total consumer losses topped $13.7 million last year.
The Tennessee Department of Health has been notified by several people in Tennessee and other states of a potential scam in which people are contacted via telephone...
Local and state authorities are warning everyone of a phone scam that tells recipients they won a car and need to make a deposit. Police say it is a scam.
Grandparents received a call from someone posing as a public defender informing them their grandson had been arrested and offering a bonding company in New Jersey to gain his release.
The BBB survey says 69 percent of victims are under 45, and 78 percent hold college or graduate degrees.
It is a special kind of low to defraud an elderly woman of her late husbands Veterans Disability Check. That is exactly what occurred in Murfreesboro.
A man claiming to be a church friend called an 80 year old Murfreesboro resident stating that he had been arrested.
It appears as if another rental scam has struck Murfreesboro. This time, a 24 year old man told police that he found a home that was listed as "For Rent"...
The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance wants to help consumers avoid getting scammed by offering tips on how to navigate air conditioning repair.
Two more home for rent scams have struck the pockets of Murfreesboro residents in recent days.
The Murfreesboro victim thought she had landed the perfect job after talking to a woman who was allegedly named Tiffany Jayss online.
WGNS called the phone number and this is the recorded message that we captured...
Scammers who use a fake caller ID now face harsher punishment thanks to a new Tennessee law.
The most recent victim told police she was contacted or picked to be a so called "Secret Shopper" and received a check for $1,820.
A Murfreesboro business owner received a phone call from three individuals claiming to be with Murfreesboro Electric. The trio told the woman on three occasions that her electric bill was past due by $1,100.
Beware of calls from the IRS. WGNS' own Bryan Barrett received a call Thursday from the IRS.
Scammers continue to work to take the money of unsuspecting local residents. The popular IRS scam and unemployment scam have been reported in Murfreesboro.
The St. Clair Street Senior Center wants to make the public aware someone is using their name to try to scam residents.
A 59 year old Murfreesboro man was scammed out of $5,000 for a truck that he wanted to buy on CraigsList.
They identify themselves as a TSA employee or a Tennessee Sheriff's Office employee. They offer to check on the mailing and ask for the person's credit card number.
Over the phone scams continue to hit Murfreesboro costing some citizens thousands of dollars. Detective Jason Dowdle with the Rutherford County Sherriff's office explains some of the cases he has seen...
An 18-year-old Murfreesboro woman fell victim to an eBay related scam. Evidently, the woman found a 1969 Chevelle SS...
The victim said that the buyer handed him three one hundred dollar bills that he discovered seconds later, were fake.
A fraud case was reported to Murfreesboro Police on Wednesday.
The scams involving phone calls from con-artist claiming to be with the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office continue.
Failure to appear in Federal Court, is what this Murfreesboro woman was told when a scammer claiming to be with the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office called her...
A Murfreesboro man called the police after being scammed out of $14,500.
A woman living in Murfreesboro who is from another country called police after she was scammed out of $28,700.
The old fashioned "Quick Change" scam has struck another Murfreesboro business. This time, the victim was a cashier at Kentucky Fried Chicken on Old Fort Parkway.
Scammers are collecting money by using both the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office and the Circuit Court Clerk's Office, authorities said Thursday.
Another home for rent scam has popped up in Murfreesboro. This time, the targeted home was on Sewanee Place.
A Murfreesboro woman signed a lease for a home and even paid a $2,000 deposit, but after moving into the house she realized that she had been scammed.
A Murfreesboro man who is selling his home told police that people have been moving into his house that is currently on the market.
A Murfreesboro woman who applied for a "100 Day Loan" online ended up being a victim of theft.
A 68 year old Murfreesboro woman called the police after she says that she was swindled out of $549.
The local resident told police she met a man online known only as "Peter Love" told her that he needed help with his daughters financially.
Someone posing as a Rutherford County Sheriff's deputy called a citizen Friday and demanded $2,000 or the citizen would be arrested on a warrant.
Scams continue to plague local residents. Rutherford County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Dan Goodwin told WGNS News...
A Murfreesboro woman was scammed out of over $2,000 after receiving a call from an alleged "I-T Specialist."
A total of 83 magnetic card strips used when companies make credit cards were seized by Murfreesboro Police in the parking lot of Walmart on Memorial Boulevard.
8 suspects were arrested and charged with Criminal Simulation and Identity Theft. The Investigation is ongoing and more charges may follow.
Murfreesboro Electric Department (MED) is warning customers to be aware of the latest scam that is targeting residential customers, local business owners, and ethnic restaurants.
The man told the ethnic business owner that he owed the Electric Department $1,520.
A disabled 36-year old man in Murfreesboro called the police after he was scammed over FaceBook.
A 78 year old Murfreesboro man fell for a scam that involved the fake arrest of his grandson.
The victim said that she used GreenDot cards to pay the landlord the first and last months rent.
A 53 year old homeless man in Murfreesboro saved his money in an attempt to rent a house. As luck would have it, he found a home on Dewsbury Drive.
A Murfreesboro woman fell victim to fraud after trying to buy a car on Ebay Motors.
The victim told police that she found an online ad about the Hollister Company hiring. She said she contacted the subject who placed the ad and the person told her that she would be hired.
An 18-year old in the small West Tennessee town of Mercer has been arrested in Murfreesboro for his alleged involvement in a money order scam.
The victim was told the house is on Bridge Avenue in Murfreesboro and that she would need to come up with $1,200 to cover the deposit.
A 20-year old Donard Court woman is scammed by a friend. The victim reported to Murfreesboro Police Officer Darryl Sanders she was approached by a friend of hers from school about a quick money making proposal.
In some cases, depending on your income bracket at the time of winning $1-million, the taxes can be as high as 39.6% or $396,000.
A Courtland Street woman almost became another victim of a Craigslist scam. She contacted Murfreesboro Police Officer Dave Norton last Friday to report the incident.
Never Give Up Tattoo's in the Stones River Mall fell victim to a scam artist, selling ads in a fake folder all freshmen at MTSU were to get. The store owner called police after being sold the slot on four-thousand folders for 75-dollars.
SCC is requesting businesses pay nearly $90 to obtain a Certificate of Existence/Authorization, also known as a Certificate of Good Standing.
As the talk continued with the scam artist, the voice on the other end of the line suggested the victim needed to send in $499.95 in order for the transfer of cash to take place. So, the local teacher sent the money...
An 89-year old Woodmont Drive woman called the police after a man knocked on her door offering a resurfacing service for her home driveway. The woman told police...
The fake and sometimes costly IRS scams continue in Murfreesboro. NewsRadio WGNS' Ron Jordan has more...
We have another case of a local person's identity being stolen and along with it, their income tax return. Murfreesboro Police report a 62-year old Avellico Circle man received an email from his accountant stating his income tax return had been denied because another return has already been filed.
A Poplar Avenue man reported an Internet scam to Murfreesboro Police. Last Thursday, the 24-year old man found a home to rent in Columbia, Tennessee.
The recent winter blasts dealt the area a nasty blow and the hits keep on coming for many residents. Heavy rains have now brought to light damage caused by ice dams.
A Monroe Street woman reported to Murfreesboro Police she was the victim of a scam. She told Murfreesboro Police someone assumed the identity of a landlord, whom she attempted to rent a house.
Scam IRS phone calls continue as we near the tax filing deadline of April 15th this year. Murfreesboro Police Chief Glen Chrisman says
An older resident of Murfreesboro called the police after having a phone conversation with someone who claimed to be her grandson. The woman told local authorities...
A couple of Murfreesboro residents have reported to authorities I-R-S scam calls.
Sometimes, it's a phone call claiming you've qualified to receive a "free grant" to pay for education costs, home repairs, home business expenses, or unpaid bills. Terrie Page with the local Better Business Bureau tells NewsRadio WGNS the "money for nothing grants" from My Government Grants are scams.
A Bradyville Pike man reported to Murfreesboro Police he fell victim to a scam. He told Murfreesboro Police someone by the name of Mike Robinson called him last week, saying he was from Publisher's Clearinghouse.
There is a new scam around every corner, or so it seems.
A South Rutherford Boulevard woman is the latest victim in an Ebay scam. She reported to Murfreesboro Police Saturday she found a car she wanted to buy on Ebay.
Receiving news that a family member is in trouble is never a good thing. When the trouble turns out to be a hoax and the so called grandson who made the call is an impostor, the legal problem turns into a real law enforcement issue.
Murfreesboro Police responded to a local bank on Monday in reference to a fraud case. The victim told police she received a check for a nanny position she recently accepted.
Detectives have an exact address of which trailer "Carolyn" likely lives in at a mobile home park in Tazewell, Virginia.
Sgt. Kyle Evans with the MPD stated in an email, "We believe that they walked around parking lots at Ross's and Kmart looking for potential victims who are elderly that they may be able to confuse."
The victim claims the caller told her to visit a bank on West Clark Boulevard in Murfreesboro and to write several checks "for cash" and then send them via Western Union to Westmoreland, Jamaica.
An elderly Murfreesboro woman has been forced to file bankruptcy after being scammed out of 62-thousand dollars.
According to the victim, the said that the victim needed to make arraignments to payments for an accident she had been involved in several months ago.
A man who moved to Murfreesboro from another area called the police after being scammed out of $3,100.
Authorities are having a real problem tracking down the people behind the scams because of the fake phone numbers they are using.
More and more “Green Dot Card Scams” have been reported in Rutherford County.
A 27-year old woman told police she was contacted by a man who wanted to do a photo shoot for modeling with her. The female was later sent a cashier’s check for over $2,000.
While police were at the home on Titans Circle, the phone rang. The voice on the other end of the line was a man who claimed to be Deputy Robertson with the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office.
A Murfreesboro man told local police he was scammed out of 75-hundred dollars after selling a euphonium to someone in Texas.
So far, a total of four payments adding up to $240,000 have been paid to the General Contractor who is now off the job.
When the victim realized he had been taken, he called the police. Officers placed the four fake $100 bills into evidence. At this point, no arrests have been made.
The check the culprit deposited into the victims checking account turned out to be fake. So now the victim’s account is upside down by $1,000...
After investing some $300,000, she decided that she wanted to pull out. She was unable to locate Mendenhall at his reported home in Murfreesboro or anywhere for that matter.
Several law enforcement jurisdictions from across Rutherford County have received reports of a telephone scam where people are impersonating police officers by telephone.
The victim found out later that the check he deposited was a FAKE. He is now out $2,998.
Two Money Gram transfers, six GreenDot money cards and a PayPal account later, a local resident is out over $5,000.
We have another report of someone impersonating a law enforcement officers in the Rutherford County area.
The victim was told to purchase a MoneyPak Green Dot Card and put the money on the card and then give him the card account number.
In the case at the John Rice Boulevard gas station, the clerk told police the subject bought candy for .98-cents. He paid for the candy with a $5 bill and received $4.02 back. The man then placed several stacks of cash on the counter asking
The Better Business Bureau warns consumers of a shrewd “jury duty scam” phone call used by fraudsters to scam money from unsuspecting citizens. The scammer offers to help consumers avoid jail time by paying a fine through Money Pak cards.
A man living in Rutherford County who is from India fell for a scam that cost him over $5,000. The victim told police he received a call from a subject claiming to be a bondsman.
The Rutherford County Sheriffs Office is warning local residents of a scam that was attempted Tuesday night.
An elderly woman in Murfreesboro says that she has sent roughly $60,000 to various address after being told that she had won $16.5-million, a house and a new car. The victim sent the money using MoneyGrams and also Money Pak gift cards.
Being told that you won the lottery is usually not how you find out that you won the lottery. In other words, winnings are usually determined by a scratch off ticket OR by hearing the winning lottery numbers in the media.
Another fraud report has been filed in Murfreesboro after a local resident stated she received a call from someone who told her she had won $250,000.
A local woman who told Murfreesboro Police she reached out to an online company called “Entrepreneurial Success Mentors” for help in starting a new business believes she was scammed.
Murfreesboro Police were not able to make an arrest, but they did record names of those involved in a bizarre incident at a local fast food eatery.
After the culprit accepted the initial $1,800, he quickly demanded an additional $1,500.
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