Blount County Sheriff James Lee Berrong is asking citizens to be aware of a phone scam that has already cost one man $1,500 today.
The scam is as follows: The victim reported that someone called him from (646) 632-8151 and told him that there was suspicious activity on his Social Security number, and asked him for the name of the law enforcement agency in his area so they could report it. A short time later, a woman who identified herself as “Trish Walker” of the Blount County Sheriff’s Office called the victim from what appeared to be the Sheriff’s Office main line, (865) 273-5000, and advised him he was wanted on an arrest warrant. The woman told him that unless he sent her $1,500 in CVS cards (they ask for the gift card code on the back of the card) he would be arrested. Unfortunately, the victim complied with her request and lost $1,500 in the process.
There is no one at the Blount County Sheriff’s Office by the name of “Trish Walker.” The caller is using an app to spoof the main number of the Blount County Sheriff’s Office, which is illegal. Please do not fall for this phone scam! As the holidays near, criminals will begin to step up their efforts to scam people out of their hard-earned money. Please use caution.
Sheriff Berrong reminds you that no one from the sheriff’s office or any law enforcement agency will ever ask anyone for money over the phone, and no one will ever call and tell you that you will be arrested if you do not send gift cards or money.