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Scott Co. Sheriff's Office warns of phone scam

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Posted at 2:28 PM, Oct 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-24 15:19:22-04

GEORGETOWN, Ky. (LEX 18) — The Scott County Sheriff's Office issued a warning to the public about a scam that recently affected two residents in the county.

Over the last 48 hours, the sheriff has been contacted by two victims of phone scams where the caller stated they were a deputy from the Scott County Sheriff’s Office. The scammers called businesses and asked for an employee. Deputies believe the scammers are targeting individuals whose jobs are listed on social media.

When the victims were contacted by the scammer, they were informed that there was federal warrant out for their arrest, and that they must pay to avoid arrest. Payment was demanded by either Western Union or debit type cards from retail stores.

The two victims in Scott County lost nearly $1,000.

The sheriff's office will never ask for payments for fines or warrants over the phone.