Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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November 24, 2010

Sheriff warns of bail bond scam

CROSSVILLE — Sheriff Butch Burgess warns residents they should be wary if a law enforcement officer calls and tells them someone they know needs money to bail out of jail. It is a scam!

"As a rule, law enforcement agencies aren't going to call someone and ask them to wire money," said Sherriff Butch Burgess. "It just doesn't happen."

Burgess said the bail bond scam, which has been bouncing around the country for several years, appeared in Crossville for the first time about two weeks ago.

The scam starts out with a phone call from a law enforcement officer from another jurisdiction calling the resident and telling them that someone they know has been arrested on an outstanding warrant and needed their help in making bond. They obtain personal information and names about the individuals from internet websites, Facebook, and other places where people put personal information about themselves.

They will request an amount of money be wired to another state or sometimes out of the country to Canada or other countries.

Burgess said anyone who is asked by phone for bail money should gather more information before they send any money."If someone calls you asking for a bond, you need to check," he said."Call the law enforcement agency directly and see if that person has been arrested."

Protect your identity, information, and money by becoming more informed. For more information call the Sheriff's Dept. at 484-6176 ext. 2002.

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