Franklin Co. Sheriff: scammer claims to be Lt. Smith…”We don’t have a Lt. Smith”

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FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ)- The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office says a scammer is calling people, saying he’s Lieutenant Smith with the Sheriff’s office, but the Sheriff’s  Office doesn’t have a Lieutenant Smith.

The caller is reportedly telling people they’ve missed court dates and jury duty. He asks for payment so you can avoid jail time.

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Deputies say the scammer has even left a voicemail asking people return his call about a family emergency.

According to deputies, you should just hang up if you get a call like this. Do not give out any personal information.

“WE WILL NEVER CALL YOU ABOUT PAYING YOUR FINES or ASK FOR PAYMENT BY PHONE!!” the Sheriff’s Office writes.

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