LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Office of the Fayette County Sheriff is warning people about a telephone scam going around Lexington.
According to the sheriff, the caller identifies himself as a Deputy Sheriff with the Office of the Fayette County Sheriff and claims the individual has missed jury duty and now has an outstanding warrant.
The caller then tells the person he or she must pay a fine or they will be arrested immediately.
The victim is asked to purchase a pre-paid or re-loadable money card and then provide the “Deputy” with the card number over the phone to settle the fine.
The sheriff says everyone needs to be cautious of calls that request payment or access to personally identifiable information, regardless of who the caller claims to represent.
The Office of the Fayette County Sheriff says it will never ask you for money or threaten to arrest you if you do not pay a fine.
If you are contacted, you are advised to hang up immediately and call the Office of the Fayette County Sheriff at (859) 252-1771.