Sheriff Zach Scott warns residents of Franklin County about a reported phone scam happening in your area. The Sheriff's Office is investigating multiple reports of a phone scam in which the caller identifies himself as being from the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, and the victim owes funds or fines for not showing up for jury duty.
Sheriff Scott states, “No one from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office will ever contact someone and demand that they pay a fine or face jail time. Have no doubt, check it out. If something doesn’t seem right, it probably isn’t. Call us with any questions on suspicious calls.”
In most of the cases the intended victims are told to load the money on a prepaid debit cards via MoneyGram wire transfers or on Green Dot card and give the caller the account information. The scammer will then quickly remove the money from the card before the victim can do anything to stop it. Victims have been scammed out of various amounts of money.
Sheriff Scott reminds residents to follow these tips:
• Don’t respond to phone calls, emails, faxes or text messages warning of dire consequences if you don’t provide sensitive information immediately.
• Don’t provide personal information in response to an unsolicited phone call, email, fax or text message, no matter how legitimate it seems.
• Review your account transactions regularly and contact your bank if you find any unauthorized transactions.
• Always ask for and wait until you receive written material about any demand for payment.
• If you think you have received such a call or scam, obtain the person’s name, business identity, telephone number, street address, and mailing address. Remember, these con artists may give out false names, telephone numbers, or addresses, so you must verify the accuracy of these items.
• Never send money or give out personal information such as credit card numbers and expiration dates, bank account numbers, dates of birth, or social security numbers to unfamiliar companies or unknown persons.
Contact the Franklin County Sheriff's Office immediately at (614) 525-3333 if you're unsure of the legitimacy of any phone calls, or if you've responded to what you believe may have been a scam.