SCAM ALERT: Fayette County Sheriff’s Department warns public about scam


Could you be at risk? The target of a scammer? The Fayette County Sheriff’s Department said yes and they’re warning you about a new phone scam in the area.

“Do not give out your information, via telephone, via internet period. You don’t need to do it,” Fayette County Sheriff, Mike Fridley, said.

Victims in Fayette County are reporting that a scammer is calling them saying he is a deputy at the sheriff’s department. He claims to be Lieutenant Lance Watson, and is attempting to get money through different ways.

 “It really confuses a lot of people. But again, no police officer is going to call and tell you we have a warrant out for your arrest, if you post this bond, if you pay for this fine over internet or western union or stuff we’ll come and get you, that’s not going to happen, don’t do that,” Fridley told us.

The phone number being used shows as a 304 area code and is most likely a relay number from another state or country. 

“These people don’t care, they’ll do anything they can to scam people to get money the easy way and a lot of people fall for it, so don’t fall for it,” Fridley said.

Fridley advises the public to report any scam calls to their local department. 

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