Blount County neighbors receive same scam phone call

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Don’t get caught by scammers trying to alarm you. Neighbors in Louisville have received several of these calls recently, and you might have also.

A new nationwide survey by the Better Business Bureau found that lottery and prize scams were some of the most pervasive frauds. The scammers enter our personal lives by calling us and claiming you’ve won a fortune, but first you need to pay them fees and taxes before collecting it.

Just this month, quite a few people have called WATE 6 On Your Side about a new scam received on your voicemail. It has nothing to do with winning a prize. It hits you with one of those other emotional triggers: fear.

Jeff Hollis shared a recent message that he received.  

“You will be taken under custody by local police as there are four serious allegations pressed on your name at this moment. We would request that you get back to us so that we can discuss about this case before taking any legal action against you,” said the message.

“After I heard this, I called the local sheriff’s office. They said it was a scam,” said Hollis.

The same electronically generated voice message was left on Carol Weyandt’s phone. The two are neighbors and received the calls around the same time.

“We had a good chuckle over it. We thought well they’re not going to come and get the whole neighborhood,” said Weyandt, with a laugh.

Both calls came from the New York city area. Hollis said it’s likely some people will return the call because they’re scared of the consequences if they don’t.  

“Fear – if I don’t do something I’m going to jail. The word needs to be put out, these are scams and they’re after you,” said Hollis.

Remember, police are not around the corner and the IRS is not going to call threatening you with jail time if you don’t first give them personal information over the phone. They already have it. The con is pretty simple. Don’t let them scare; don’t respond to the call. Thousands of people have and that’s why the scam is still around.  

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