Fake reps for Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office try to collect debts over phone

Published: Sep. 16, 2014 at 7:29 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 14, 2014 at 7:29 PM CDT
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The Jackson Co. Sheriff is warning residents about calls from people claiming to represent the...
The Jackson Co. Sheriff is warning residents about calls from people claiming to represent the department. (Source: WAFF file)

JACKSON COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - Jackson County authorities are warning of a scam about phone calls claiming to be with the sheriff's department collecting debts.

Officials with the Jackson County Sheriff's Office confirm they're getting complaints from residents that they're receiving calls from people claiming to be with the sheriff's department seeking money.

The callers claim the person owes money for a debt, then request credit or debit card information to satisfy that debt, else they face being arrested.

Chief Deputy Rocky Harnen says unfortunately one person has already been scammed of more than $1,400.

Harnen urges residents to beware of phone solicitations involving money.

"Whether you owe something to someone or not... understand there's a lot of people trying to scam money out of you out there," Harnen said. "They may say they're with the sheriff's office. They may say they're with IRS - we've had one of those recently. Anytime somebody's trying to get money from you over the phone, you should be very cautious."

Harnen urges people if they get such a call to let that caller know you're calling the sheriff's department to verify it and then report it.

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