The Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Department is warning Lauderdale county residents of a new phone scam. Callers from this scam are claiming to be from the Sheriff’s Department and are attempting to get money. Chief Deputy Ward Calhoun says the callers are coming from a 601-area code, do not have a foreign accent, and also have a call back system that says they are from the sheriff’s department when the call is put through. Calhoun says the callers will claim the person has an unpaid fine, missed jury duty, or a warrant out for their arrest, etc. and then request money over the phone.
“They change their tactics all the time. The bottom line is, in law enforcement, we’re not going to be contacting you requesting that you send us money in any form or fashion for an old fine, missing jury duty, or having an outstanding warrant. That is not going to happen. Don’t fall prey to their tricks,” said Chief Deputy Ward Calhoun. He says if you get one of these calls, hang up and do not engage in conversation.