Phone Scammer Still Ravaging Watauga County

Someone is impersonating Watauga Sheriffs Office personnel and trying to scam people over the phone.

The scammer tells people that they have a warrant out for their arrest that can be repudiated by paying their fine immediately. Since we initially reported on this, the scammer has taken advantage of two more unsuspecting victims, scamming one person out of $3,000 and another out of $3,500. The scammer has the ability to manipulate his caller ID to appear as if coming from the Sheriff‘s Office.

The Watauga County Sheriff's Office wants to make very clear that they will never ask for payment over the phone or offer to negotiate for a reduced payment in Lieu of arrest. The scammers are also taking advantage of President Joe Biden’s student debt relief program” telling people to fill you forms to see if they are eligible for debt relief. If you have any information about victims or details about the scammers call Watauga County Sheriffs Office at 828-264-3761.

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