Clay County Sheriff warns community of "one of the most elaborate" phone scams

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CLAY COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Update 10:00 p.m.

The Clay County Sheriff is calling it the most elaborate phone scam she's seen in 12 years working at the office.

Sheriff Angela Johnson says she is getting calls continuously throughout the day from people who are being targeted

The phone number people see when the scammers call is from Albany, Kentucky. Sheriff Johnson says that is not likely where they are from.

"It was very detailed", said Johnson. "It sounds so perfect. It sounds just like it should be real. It's a high-tech phone thing they set up because it's got music playing and the whole nine yards."

One woman left work and drove to the sheriff's office once she got the call telling her she was going to be arrested for missing jury duty.

"It sounded so legitimate. Had they asked for money, then it would have sent up a red flag for me", said the woman who did not want to be identified. "I thought well, I'll just go over and talk to the sheriff and get it all straightened out. It must be some kind of mistake."

The scammers eventually ask for money. But first, they collect as much information as they can from the people they call.

"They actually tell you they've got your date of birth and social and all of that", said Johnson. "They don't actually have that because we've already tried to pull that on them. They don't really have it. So don't fall for anything and give them anything."

Sheriff Johnson has talked with the scammers from multiple phone numbers. Each time she catches them in a lie and confronts them, they block her number.

"The funny thing sir is I am Sheriff Johnson. And I said, 'I don't think you're the sheriff, I know who I am'. And he said, 'no, you're not sheriff Johnson'. And I said, 'yes sir I am'", said Johnson.

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A new phone scam is targeting people in Clay County, one that Sheriff Angela Johnson says is one of the most elaborate phone scams she has seen in her time at the sheriff's department.

Sheriff Johnson tells WYMT she has received numerous complaints from people receiving this scam call.

The voice on the call claims to be from the Clay County Sheriff's Department and says there is a warrant out for your arrest for failure to appear for jury duty.

Johnson says the scammer's number takes you to a computer answering system and gives you options for different offices.

If you get a call similar to this, you are asked to contact Sheriff Johnson's real office.



 
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