Phone scam warning in Harlan County

HARLAN COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Harlan County Sheriff’s Office issued a phone scam warning.

Deputies say people in the county are receiving calls from a number attached to Deputy Stephen Davenport or the sheriff’s office staff.  No one named Stephen Davenport works for the sheriff’s office.

Investigators say several people reported receiving the call from 606-266-7673.  They say when you call that number, the voice-mail says you’ve reached the personal line for Deputy Davenport.  This is not a number used by the sheriff’s office.

People who’ve received the scam calls say the caller tells them they have active warrants or unpaid fines, which can be paid with a pre-paid card.

Investigators also say spoofing technology allows scam artists to trick Caller ID into displaying a false phone number.

Don’t fall for it.

The sheriff’s office reminds people it would never contact anyone by phone and demand money or some kind of payment.  No law enforcement agency works that way.

Deputies remind people never to give out personal or financial information to someone over the phone they don’t know or can’t verify who’s calling.

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