The Sevier County Sheriff’s Office is warning the community not to fall for a scam that involves a person impersonating a police officer asking for money over a phone call.
The scammers reportedly call potential victims and tell them that they need to immediately send money or a gift card to them and threaten that if they do not, a warrant will be issued, or they may turn themselves in.
“Sometimes scams such as these will include spoofing a legitimate law enforcement agency’s phone number and/or using a real name of a law enforcement officer in an attempt to gain the trust of the victim,” SCSO said. does not call individuals and demand or request money from community members under any circumstances. Officials also said that no government agency of any kind takes gift cards as payment.