Campbell County Sheriff's Office warns of scam calls from fake deputies

Posted at 5:04 PM, Jun 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-02 17:04:20-04

NEWPORT, Ky. -- The Campbell County Sheriff's Office is warning residents of phone calls from people falsely claiming to be deputies.

The caller says there is a warrant for the person's arrest for an unpaid fine or tax or missing jury duty. The caller then says the person must pay a fine or they will be arrested.

The calls may appear to be coming from a local number. However, the scammers are often in other countries, deputies said in a news release.

The caller asks for payment via money wire, prepaid credit cards of gift cards, according to actual deputies. However, the callers are not legitimate.

Real deputies will never call to resolve a warrant or fine, they said. If any such issue exists, a deputy will seek you out in person.

Any similar calls from someone claiming to be a deputy, police officer, court official or IRS worker is a scam, according to Campbell County deputies.

It is best to hang up, deputies said.