Several East Tennessee law enforcement agencies are warning residents not to fall victim to a phone scam.
The sheriffs of Loudon and Blount counties say the scammer calls and claims to be a sheriff’s office employee. The caller says there is a warrant for the victim’s arrest for unpaid parking tickets and they need to buy a prepaid credit card or else he or she will be arrested.
The caller is able to manipulate caller ID information to look like it is coming from the appropriate sheriff’s office.
So far, calls have been reported in Blount, Loudon and Roane counties. The sheriff’s offices say they will never call a resident to say they owe money for a parking ticket and will never tell people to buy prepaid credit cards to pay those debts.
If you get one of these calls, simply hang up. You should also report the call to your local law enforcement agency.