The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents of a jury duty scammer that is using the name of a deputy currently employed with the Sheriff’s Office.
The scammer called a Clinton woman on Monday claiming to be Sheriff’s Office employee Kenny Sharp, a press release said. The scammer told her she missed jury duty and would be arrested if she did not pay $729.00.
The Clinton resident went to her credit union, and after she explained what had happened, they advised her to go to the Sheriff’s Office because they believed she had been scammed, the press release said.
When she arrived at the Sheriff’s Office, she advised the clerks that she received a threatening phone call from Kenny Sharp about missing jury duty.
“The real Kenny Sharp, fortunately, was in the office and was able to meet with the lady and let her know about the jury duty scam attempts in the area,” the press release said.
Sharp is an administrative lieutenant with 29 years of service with the department.
Anderson County Sheriff Russell Barker said scammers will do anything to exploit people.
“Our office will never call a citizen advising them of missed jury duty,” the press release said. “If you encounter anyone claiming to be from our office calling about jury duty, please notify us immediately.”
You can reach the Sheriff’s Communication Center at (865) 457-2414.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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