Scammer posing as GCSO deputy

By Matt Lasley -

The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office has received numerous reports recently from local residents of an individual impersonating a Grayson County deputy to get money from potential victims.

According to a news release from Grayson County Sheriff Norman Chaffins, a male subject has called a number of Grayson County residents and identified himself as a Grayson County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) deputy.

The scammer is using the actual name of a GCSO deputy, Chaffins said.

The caller will then tell the victim that he or she has missed a court date and demand that he or she place $500 on a pre-paid card, provide the caller the numbers, and turn himself or herself into the GCSO to be booked, according to Chaffins.

As of Friday, July 8, three victims had fallen for the scam and paid the $500, and several others had received the call but called or visited the GCSO before sending the demanded money.

“The GCSO would like to remind our citizens that we will never call and demand or ask for money for any reason,” Chaffins said. “If at any time our citizens have a question related to a phone call they received from our office, they are encouraged to call 270-259-3024 to confirm the phone call they received.”

Chaffins said it is likely that when the scammers realize law enforcement is on to them, the scammers will move on to another county in an attempt to scam more people.

“Kentucky law enforcement will never call and demand money and threaten incarceration for a missed court appearance,” said Chaffins. “If citizens receive these types of calls, they are encouraged to call their local agency.”

By Matt Lasley

Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

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