Last updated: February 11. 2014 11:10AM - 429 Views
Andy Simmons

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Troup County Sheriff’s deputies are asking citizens to stay alert about multiple phone scams that have been going on in Troup County for about two weeks.

According to a sheriff’s report, investigators over the past several weeks have received reports related to various scams over the Internet and the telephone. The caller poses as a law enforcement officer or a collection agent. These calls include someone telling them that they did not report for jury duty and must pay a fine or court fines. These people may also pose as a debt collection agency representative telling the public that they owe a bill. Threats are being made that if the bill is not paid, they will be arrested.

The report goes on to say that no one from the Troup County Sheriff’s Office will call over the phone to collect a fine. Ifthese types of calls are received, it is advised to hang up and not engage the caller. Anyone that believes that they have been a victim of this or any other scam should contact the Troup County Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division at 706-883-1616.

In addition, Troup County Sheriff’s office are investigating another telephone scam that is starting to brew.

According to Troup County Sheriff’s spokesman Stewart Smith, unknown person(s) are posing as collection agents for Diverse Power trying to collect money over the phone, telling the caller that if they do not pay an amount of money immediately that their power will be disconnected. These people are trying to take credit card or bank information over the phone, there by stealing that money from the caller.

Wendell Cox of Diverse Power tipped deputies about this information, saying that many of their customers are getting these calls.

“We’re not sure of an exact number, but it happens at least two to three times a week,” Cox said.

“We would strongly encourage receivers of these calls to make sure it is actually us.”

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