SCAM ALERT: Fake Watauga County Sheriff phone calls demanding money

SCAM ALERT: Fake Watauga County Sheriff phone calls demanding money
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Special Report to Blowing Rock News from Watauga County Sheriff’s Office. April 27, 2018. BOONE, NC — The Watauga County Sheriff’s Office has received several reports from individuals who are receiving telephone calls from someone claiming to be an officer with the WCSO. The callers are using specific names of real officers who work for the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office.

The caller is telling the individuals that they have missed federal court and that they are in danger of being arrested. They are being directed to obtain various types of gift card “money packs” from grocery stores to submit payments in the amount of $4,000 dollars while keeping the fake officer on the phone line while these money packs are obtained.

If anyone receives a similar phone call, please notify local law enforcement immediately.

A reminder to all, protect your personal information. Never give any personal information to anyone that would include social security numbers, vehicle tag number, driver’s license number, bank accounts, etc.

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