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Carter Sheriff warns of phone scam

John Thompson • May 29, 2018 at 9:56 PM

ELIZABETHTON — The Carter County Sheriff’s Department is warning citizens to be alert for phone scams that are currently taking place in the community.

Thomas Gray, public information officer for the department, said that over the past several days, investigators have received reports of a scam that tells call recipients they are under federal investigation.

“My wife personally received one of these calls,” Chief Deputy James Parrish said. “We have three reported that we are investigating, but there are probably many more that are unreported.”

The scam uses automated voice messages with a synthesized female, and asks the recipient to call back. If a victim calls back, they are told they have pending federal charges, and scammers demand payment information. Gray said identity thieves commonly use scare tactics similar to these to obtain credit card and other personal information.

“I hope no one falls for this,” Sheriff Dexter Lunceford said. “If you are actually under federal investigation, you are not going to find out from an automated phone call soliciting money.”

If you are the victim of a phone scam or have any information, you are asked to call investigators at 423-542-1849.

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