Caller pretending to be lieutenant in Montgomery County - WKRN News 2

Caller pretending to be lieutenant in Montgomery County

Posted: Updated: May 02, 2014 12:54 AM
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Tenn. -

Authorities in Montgomery County are warning residents of a man pretending to be an official with the sheriff’s office.

In a release, law enforcement officials said the man is calling citizens, purporting to be a lieutenant and telling them there are warrants for their arrest.

“He’s been calling, advising people that they have a warrant on file,” said Captain Jesse Reynolds.

Investigators with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department said they have been contacted by half a dozen people but there could be more victims. One of the victims, a woman from Clarksville who wants to remain anonymous, told News 2 she got a call Wednesday night from someone claiming to be a lieutenant with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

“He said, ‘Did you know you had a warrant out for your arrest?’ And I said, ‘What for?’ and he said, ‘You missed jury duty.' He said, ‘that if you don’t show up we will send someone out to get you’ and I said, ‘You don’t have to send anybody because I will go down there myself.' He was so professional and convincing."

When the woman got to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office she was informed that she did not have a warrant out for her arrest.

That is when the woman realized it was a scam. She said the man did not try to get money from her but investigators said in other cases he asked people in Montgomery County to buy a reusable debit card and pay off their “warrants” over the phone.

Investigators said to their knowledge, so far no one fell victim to this scam.

According to Captain Reynolds, if the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office had a warrant on file for someone, they would come to them in uniform or a marked patrol car, or request that they come to the sheriff’s office.

Investigators said this is a tough case to crack because the suspect used a pre-paid phone and the call was traced to another state.

Anyone with information about the man making the calls, or anyone who has received one, should contact Investigator Billy Wall at 931-648-0611, ext. 13415.

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