The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office issued a warning to Lexington residents of an often-used phone scam.
A caller has falsely identified himself as a deputy sheriff and has asked victims for payment to settle a fine, the sheriff’s office said. The caller asks victims to purchase a pre-paid or re-loadable card and then provide the “deputy” with the card number.
This is a scam, according to the sheriff’s office.
“We will never ask you for money or threaten you with arrest if you do not pay a fine,” it said in a Facebook and Twitter post. “Be cautious of calls that request payment of access to personally identifiable information.”
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The sheriff’s office has issued similar warnings of telephone scams in 2013, 2014 and 2015. Past scams involved a caller claiming the victim had a warrant, unpaid fine or missed grant jury appearance, which required payments.
If you are contacted, do not send money and immediately contact the Office of the Fayette County Sheriff at 859-252-1771.