Sullivan Sheriff warns of phone scams

Matthew Lane • May 5, 2018 at 3:30 PM

BLOUNTVILLE – The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office is warning you about two phone scams being reported in our area.

According to a press release, the sheriff’s office has received a number of calls from residents in the last couple of days about two different phone scams.

The first is someone calling, introducing themselves as an employee of the sheriff’s office and then telling the person there’s a warrant for their arrest due to missing jury duty. The scammer goes on to ask for money, otherwise the person will be going to jail.

The other scam involves a caller telling the person a family member of theirs is in jail and that they need to send money for bond.

Under no circumstances will the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office contact anyone requesting money to avoid incarceration, the press release states. The sheriff’s office urges anyone who receives these types of calls to contact the them at 423-279-7500 and report these incidents.