Shelby County Sheriff Warns Against Phone Scams

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(Memphis) The Shelby County Sheriff’s office wants citizens to be on alert for scams.

This most recent scam comes in the form of an arrest threat.

A women told investigators she got a voice-mail from a person identifying himself as Sheriff Bill Oldham. The caller said he was contacted by another agency requesting a warrant for her arrest for a bad debt from 2010.

The caller left a number for the Federal Crime Enforcement Network and suggested she turn herself in or be picked up and arrested. When she called the number she was told she could pay $541 to avoid an arrest.

This is a scam!

“The Sheriff will never contact anyone on a debt collection unless it is in the form of a writ issued by the courts,” says Chip Washington, SCSO Public Information Officer. “At no time will the Sheriff’s Office become involved in a civil matter debt collection.”

If you are contacted by someone claiming to be a Shelby County Sheriff’s Deputy, attempting to collect a debt, DO NOT give out any financial information or personal information.

The sheriff’s office urges you to record the call and contact law enforcement immediately.

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