Woman says scammer threatened jail time over 'unpaid bill' | Crime
A new scam has local law enforcement warning residents not to fall for a telephone caller who threatens them with jail time over unpaid bills.
The Ohio County Times-News reports that a woman came to the sheriff’s office upset about what she termed a believable threat. The woman said the caller identified himself as a deputy sheriff who said she would go to jail if she didn’t pay a large sum of money to the U.S. Treasury Department. Part of that money would go to pay off “a debt” that woman didn’t realize she owed.
The fake law enforcement officer gave her the phone number of someone he said was a federal official who could keep her out of jail. She was instructed to transfer $1,600 into a bank account but $1,300 would keep her out of jail for now.
The woman was so convinced the story was true, the Times-News reports that her mother began trying to borrow the money.
However, she finally went to the sheriff’s department where she was told it was likely a scam.