STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Lee County sheriff warns of phone scam

A new phone scam has surfaced in Lee County.

Posted: Mar 26, 2018 9:43 PM
Updated: Jul 5, 2018 5:21 PM

LEE COUNTY, Miss. (WTVA) - A new phone scam has surfaced in Lee County.

Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson says there have been multiple reports of his cell phone number appearing on calls that are connected to a scam.

The caller tells the victim they've won a prize or poses as the IRS.

He says a recent case involved a victim being scammed out of $10,000. The scammer made up a story about the victim owing taxes on land. 

Johnson advises those who receive these type of calls to not trick the scammer. He says some people try and meet the scammer.

This is a scam and a remember to not give any personal information to anyone over the phone.

"Either they are going to try and get your account number or try and get you to mail them some money," Johnson said. 

Some scammers often persuade the victim to load money on a cash card. The scammer then asks for the card's number in order to obtain the money.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 266598

Reported Deaths: 5852
CountyCasesDeaths
DeSoto17807191
Hinds16967332
Harrison14298204
Rankin11280221
Jackson10976190
Lee9088145
Madison8619169
Jones6782118
Forrest6236124
Lauderdale6128192
Lowndes5564120
Lafayette5229101
Lamar507465
Washington4951125
Bolivar4149109
Oktibbeha409482
Panola388281
Pontotoc378560
Warren3698103
Monroe3693110
Marshall358570
Union357764
Pearl River3508106
Neshoba3499154
Leflore3122109
Lincoln307688
Hancock296362
Sunflower293075
Tate281162
Alcorn273554
Pike271081
Itawamba270063
Scott260849
Yazoo257156
Prentiss254554
Coahoma251555
Copiah250749
Tippah250150
Simpson243872
Leake238467
Marion225973
Grenada224272
Covington222473
Adams215371
Wayne215034
Winston207771
George204839
Newton200046
Attala197464
Tishomingo195661
Chickasaw189644
Jasper182538
Holmes172268
Clay167537
Tallahatchie157535
Stone152925
Clarke148662
Calhoun141822
Smith130726
Yalobusha123835
Walthall115037
Greene114529
Noxubee114126
Montgomery112736
Lawrence107617
Carroll106922
Perry105331
Amite102426
Webster97424
Claiborne89725
Tunica89321
Jefferson Davis88930
Benton86523
Humphreys84824
Kemper81020
Quitman7149
Franklin70717
Choctaw63813
Wilkinson59925
Jefferson57121
Sharkey45717
Issaquena1606
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 443009

Reported Deaths: 6662
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson649101007
Mobile31746574
Madison28413217
Tuscaloosa21566275
Montgomery20088332
Shelby19452132
Baldwin17333189
Lee13261107
Morgan12678142
Etowah12141181
Calhoun11555206
Marshall10487123
Houston9031164
Limestone838181
Cullman8296124
Elmore8243110
Lauderdale7946107
DeKalb7900107
St. Clair7876130
Talladega6523112
Walker6050183
Jackson603245
Colbert558194
Blount548586
Autauga540762
Coffee466964
Dale412785
Franklin377550
Russell358415
Chilton346873
Covington340880
Escambia339244
Tallapoosa3163109
Dallas313696
Chambers305470
Clarke303336
Pike265231
Lawrence255855
Marion254661
Winston234742
Bibb222948
Geneva213047
Marengo210531
Pickens200431
Hale186144
Barbour183438
Fayette178829
Butler174860
Cherokee166031
Henry160025
Monroe152621
Randolph146636
Washington142727
Clay130746
Crenshaw124845
Macon122837
Cleburne122125
Lamar120622
Lowndes116836
Wilcox108322
Bullock104628
Perry100518
Conecuh98022
Sumter90627
Greene77923
Coosa64018
Choctaw52124
Out of AL00
Unassigned00
Tupelo
Mostly Cloudy
62° wxIcon
Hi: 70° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 62°
Columbus
Cloudy
60° wxIcon
Hi: 68° Lo: 51°
Feels Like: 60°
Oxford
Cloudy
54° wxIcon
Hi: 65° Lo: 42°
Feels Like: 54°
Starkville
Cloudy
55° wxIcon
Hi: 69° Lo: 47°
Feels Like: 55°
WTVA Radar
WTVA Temperatures
WTVA Severe Weather