Scammer Targeting Seniors Claims To Be Sheriff's Deputy
by Shannon Royster
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – A scammer has been targeting senior citizens by calling them and pretending to be a member of the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office.
The man claims to be "Lt. Johnson," but Sheriff Robert Arnold said his office does not employ anyone by that name.
Several senior citizens have called the Sheriff's Office and Murfreesboro Police Department to report the scam.
One woman received a call from the man, who said her daughter did not show up for jury duty. He claimed he would arrest her daughter if she didn't pay him $120.
"Someone who would do this to an elderly person to me personally they're scum," said Arnold.
At least four people have reported similar calls.
The problem is, according to Sheriff Arnold, the claim by the fake deputy was simply not true.
"We do not have a person by that name as a Lt. at the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office, and we do not do business that way." he said.
Unfortunately, these calls have been coming in more and more, often in the winter months.
Sheriff Arnold said it comes out of boredom and greed.
"People are cooped up in their house, and they don't have much to do," he said. "So people prey on the elderly during this time of year."
Sheriff Arnold said you should never give the caller your credit card information, and before you hang up, check your caller ID.
"Try to find out what number they're calling from so you can then call the sheriff's office… and let us know the number it was called from," said Arnold. "We can investigate it from there."
The person could face jail time since he identified himself as an officer, but so far no arrests have been made.
Anyone who receives a call should write down the number from their Caller ID, hang up, and call the Sheriff's Office at (615) 898-7770.