Knox County Sheriff's Office issues alert after rash of phone sc

Knox County Sheriff's Office issues alert after rash of phone scams


KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The Knox County Sheriff's Office is issuing a warning after receiving many complaints of various phone scams.

KCSO says there of several variations of scams targeting the Knoxville area, in which callers claim to be officers with the KCSO, the IRS and various federal agencies and claim to be collecting funds for things like missed jury duty and outstanding warrants.

The calls come from local, toll-free, unlisted, blocked, restricted, national and international numbers.

In most of the scams, callers request funds be paid by purchasing a prepaid Green Dot credit card.

KCSO says law enforcement agencies will never call residents to collect money via prepaid credit cards. No matter how threatening the calls sound, they are scams.

The KCSO is actively investigating the calls. If you receive a similar call, do not give out any money or personal information.

If you feel you have been the victim of a scam, call KCSO at (865) 215-2243 to file a report. You may also call at any time if you are unsure of the validity of a phone call.

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