‘Deputy-warrant,’ ‘Social Security’ scams surface in Jessamine, Woodford, Fayette, others

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JESSAMINE COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – Two old phone scams are resurfacing in several counties across the region.

Among the latest is Jessamine, Woodford, and Fayette counties, among others..

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In one case, a Jessamine County resident reported a phone scam imitating to be the Jessamine County Sheriff’s Office and asking for money in exchange for a warrant.

The number the scammer called from also matched the sheriff’s office number, the Sheriff’s Department said.

Scammers use spoofing technology to imitate the number.

Just a reminder, no law enforcement agency will call about a warrant or attempt to settle the warrant over the phone in exchange for any form of money, deputies warned.

Meanwhile, a Versailles resident in Woodford County got a recorded message Friday afternoon claiming the Social Security Administration had a warrant for her. Fortunately, the woman has been a long-time advocate for consumers and special needs people ad recognized the message was a scam.

She keep the message and the phone number and reported both to the Better Business Bureau ad law enforcement.

The Social Security Administration won’t make calls like that ad don’t have warrants of any kind.

The phone number in this case 469-631-5038.

Similar Social Security scams have been around for years and are one of the ones that draw the most warning from the BBB.

“I knew it was a scam, but not everyone will,” the woman told WTVQ-TV ABC 36 News.

Spoofing is when a caller deliberately falsifies the information transmitted to your caller ID display to disguise their identity. Scammers often use neighbor spoofing so it appears that an incoming call is coming from a local number, or spoof a number from a company or a government agency that you may already know and trust.