Scammer gets thousands by using Wilson Co. Sheriff’s Office phone number

Authorities say you should never give out personal information over the phone.
The Wilson County Sheriff's Office is warning of an ongoing scam.
The Wilson County Sheriff's Office is warning of an ongoing scam.(WCSO)
Published: Jan. 23, 2023 at 12:18 PM CST
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LEBANON, Tenn. (WSMV) - A scammer stole $3,500 from an elderly person in Wilson County by using the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office non-emergency line.

The WCSO warned of the ongoing scam in a Facebook post.

“Spoofing continues to lure residents through a variety of intimidation tactics,” the sheriff’s office wrote.

The scamming tactics, investigators say, include using authorities’ phone numbers (615-444-1412 in Wilson County); giving a legitimate employee name, including rank from the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office, threatening arrest due to non-payment of legal fees or failure to report for jury duty; and requiring you to buy a gift card.

Authorities add you should never give out personal information over the phone; just hang up and contact authorities if you believe you are being scammed.