Authorities looking into reports of phone scams

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Updated: 7/09/2013 9:46 pm
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- The Lee County Sheriff's Department is looking into an incident where a man identified himself as a member of the sheriff's department and asked for money and credit card information over the phone from an unknown person.

"This particular call that was placed to this individual, the individual posed as a Deputy Taylor with the Lee County Sheriff's Department. He had that name of course. We don't have an individual named that and he specifically used the Lee County Sheriff's Department," said Sheriff Jim Johnson.

The person who made the call claimed the targeted person needed to make payment on an outstanding warrant, but no such warrant exists.

"Whether there is a warrant or not we do not conduct business that way. We do not call you on the phone and ask for credit card or debit card numbers. That's just not the way any law enforcement agency is going to operate," said Johnson.

"We just want to warn the people if they get a call like this don't fall for it. Please report it to your local law enforcement," Johnson added.

Tupelo resident Sherry Fowler receives telephone soliciation calls on a daily basis and gives this advice.

"They keep calling you, just tell them your not interested, to quit calling and hang up. If they continue to call just tell them your going to call the police and a lot of times that works," Fowler said.

Another option is if you have a cell phone, you can block the number or numbers that potential scam artists are using repeatedly to call you.

Law enforcement agencies do take credit cards at courts, but requesting a credit card number or bank account numbers over the phone is not permitted.


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