Sheriff’s office warns of phone scams
The Knox County Sheriff’s Office cautioned citizens that phone scams appear to be on the rise again in Knox County. There are a number of methods being used to try to obtain information.
Some examples are:
• Callers telling citizens that their Social Security numbers have been compromised and that they need to change it. The caller would then ask the victim to verify the SSN and banking account number.
• Other calls are from a 410 area code. The caller would tell the victim that they won $10 million and to receive the funds, the victim was asked to pay a handling fee of $149.
• Some calls were automated where the victim received a request to verify PIN numbers for debit accounts. The caller would tell the victim that there was fraudulent activity on the victim’s accounts and in order to fix the problems, victims were asked to provide the above information.
• Fraudulent calls are being made from 817-400-0344 where a male with a heavy accent claims to be from the “American Law Firm” and tells the victims they owed money on an existing loan. The caller knows the victims' names, dates of birth and Social Security numbers. The 817 number is a Fort Worth, Texas, number with no information on call back.
The Knox County Sheriff’s Office said residents should be aware of these scams; never provide personal information to an unknown person. People are encouraged to check their credit information periodically for any discrepancies, especially after any suspicious calls.
These problems should always be reported to local police departments or the sheriff’s office (594-0429).