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Franklin County sheriff warns of recent phone scam

Benton News report
updated: 6/20/2018 12:27 PM

Franklin County Sheriff Don Jones is advising residents of a scam reported to his office last week.

Jones says that on the morning of June 14, a Franklin County resident received a telephone call from a male subject who identified himself as a representative of the Franklin County Sheriff's Office. The caller informed the victim that she had an arrest warrant in Franklin County for contempt of court. The caller instructed her to drive to a Casey's General Store, Dollar General or CVS and to remain on the telephone with the caller.

Once at one of these locations, the victim was instructed to purchase four $500 Money Pack cards. Once the cards were purchased, the caller was provided the pin numbers by the victim. The victim was then instructed to drive to the Franklin County Jail to turn herself in for processing.

Franklin County residents are warned to be aware of any urgent solicitations for funds, especially if it is needed for unexpected bills such as bail money, utility bills, IRS bills or doctor bills.

Jones says the Franklin County Sheriff's Office will never contact residents by phone to make a request for bond money or other fees.