On May 19, the Coffee County Sheriff’s Office sent out a news release to warn the public of a phone scam going around the area.

According to the release, the sheriff’s office has received a number of complaints of an unknown person or person’s calling and claiming to be an employee of Coffee County Sheriff’s Office.

The caller advises whoever answers the phone that they had missed a recent court date and attempts to get the victim to pay amounts ranging from $3,000 to $5,000.

The report states that caller ID even sometimes lists the call as coming from Coffee County Sheriff’s Office but the number has been spoofed - or copied – to look like the phone call was coming from the sheriff’s office.

Coffee County Sheriff’s Office reminds residents that no one from that office will contact you by phone in an attempt to collect any type of monetary funds, and not to give the caller any information that they ask for and simply hang up.

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