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Shelby Co Sheriff warns of new phone scam

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GERMANTOWN, Tenn. (FOX13) -

The Shelby County Sheriff's Office is warning residents of another scam of a man alleging to be Sheriff Bill Oldham asking for money to collect on a debt.

In the past week a county resident received a voicemail from someone identifying themselves as Oldham saying that he had a warrant out for their arrest because of bad debt that had occurred in 2010.

The voicemail said for her to surrender to law enforcement or she would be picked up and arrested. Before the voicemail ended the suspect gave a name and a phone number for her to call the Federal Crime Enforcement Network and speak with an agent.

When she called, someone who identified himself as an agent said that she could just pay him the amount of $541 and she would not be arrested.

When she informed the sheriff's department of the voicemail and phone call to the Federal Crime Enforcement Network, they informed her it was a scam and that Sheriff Oldham would never contact anyone on a debt collection unless it is in the form of a writ issued by the courts.

If anyone is contacted by someone portraying themselves as a Shelby County Sheriff's deputy or Sheriff Oldham attempting to collect a debt, the citizen should not give any financial information or personal information to the subject over the phone. You are strongly urged to contact police.

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