Dyer County Sheriff’s Office warns of fraud scam

DYER COUNTY, Tenn. (KBSI) – The Dyer County Sheriff’s Office issued a fraud warning to citizens that scammers are apparently pretending to be law enforcement officers and calling residents to get their money.

The sheriff’s office was made aware that there have been numerous phone calls made to try to defraud citizens of funds.

The scam callers claim to be law enforcement officers and in some cases are using actual local law enforcement officers’ names from the Dyer County Sheriff’s Office.

They claim that a court date or jury selection has been missed and a warrant has been or will be issued unless the person pays a fine.

The caller then directs the citizen to go and purchase a Green Dot prepaid credit card or other similar prepaid credit card/gift card in order to avoid being arrested. Then they arrange a meeting place to get the payment, according to the sheriff’s office

The Dyer County Sheriffs Office does not conduct this type of business over the telephone and

Citizens are urged to be very cautious not to provide any personal or financial details over the telephone.

If a person thinks they owe a fine or has a question about a warrant or arrest they should contact the Dyer County Sheriff’s Office in person at 401 East Cedar Street in Dyersburg.

Tips to avoid scams

  • Don’t answer a call from number you do not recognize. Let it go to voice mail and then listen to it later.
  • Robo-callers are used to verify that your number is a working number, which opens you up to receiving other scam calls.
  • If you do answer and it’s a robo-caller or believe it to be a scam, just hang up without saying anything. Don’t press any buttons or give any information.

The Dyer County Sheriff’s Office will not:

  • Call to demand immediate payment over the telephone.
  • Call or email you to verify your identity by asking for personal or financial information.
  • Ask for your credit or debit card numbers over the telephone or email.
  • Demand that you meet someone to make a payment away from the window at the sheriff’s office or police department.

To report fraud calls, contact your local law enforcement agency or call the Dyer County Sheriff’s Office at 731-285-2802, press option 1 for dispatch.

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