Various phone scams targeting Knox County

KNOX COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) - The Knox County Sheriff’s Office says it has received several complaints of various phone scams.

Deputies say the callers are claiming to be officers with the KCSO, the IRS, and various federal agencies and are collecting funds for things like missed jury duty and outstanding warrants.

They say the calls are coming from local, toll-free, unlisted, blocked, restricted, national, and international numbers. In most of the scams, the caller request that funds be paid by purchasing a prepaid credit card called a Green Dot card.

The Knox County Sheriff's Office is reminding everyone that law enforcement agencies do not operate in this fashion. No matter how threatening the phone calls may sound, they are scams.

The KCSO is actively investigating. If you receive a similar phone call, do not give the caller any money or give out any personal information.

If you feel like you are a victim of a scam, please call the KCSO at (865) 215-2243 to file a report. You are also urged to contact the KCSO at any time if you are unsure of the validity of a phone call.

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