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UCSD warns citizens of phone scam

According to a Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department official, a national scam has appeared in the county.
“Starting last week, Unicoi County citizens began receiving calls from individuals who represent themselves to be agents with the IRS (Internal Revenue Service),” Chief Deputy Frank Rogers told The Erwin Record. “The individuals have attempted to collect private information from citizens.”
Rogers also said the department has contacted the IRS regarding the scam.
“The IRS told us that they do not contact citizens by phone,” Rogers said. “They said they either send a certified letter by mail or send an agent in person.”
The individuals responsible for the scam attempt to get personal information in order to hack into a citizen’s bank account, or use the personal information to sign up for credit cards in the victim’s name, according to Rogers.
“If your personal information is used to open a credit card it could impact your credit,” Rogers continued. “Or, if they get bank account access, they could drain your bank account.”
Rogers advised citizens to never give out personal information to anyone, including those who call saying they are an agent with the IRS.
“Do not give any personal information to anyone over the phone,” Rogers added.
He also said, as of The Erwin Record’s press time, no Unicoi County citizen has suffered a loss because of this scam.
“We want to make sure everyone is informed about this,” Rogers said. “We don’t want anyone to fall victim to this or any other crime.”