Christian County Sheriff
Bruce Kettelkamp is warning the citizens about an Extortion Scam.
Criminals call the victims stating that they are a collection agency
and that the victim owes money on a bill and that if they did not pay
they would have an arrest warrant issued for them.
The next day the victim
receives a voice mail on his cell phone from Christian County
Sheriff's Office phone number 217-824-4961. The message states that
there is an arrest warrant for the victim and that they are to
contact Investigator Johnson at the Sheriff's Office. The victim is
told to call Investigator Johnson at 901-248-6242 to make arrangement
on how to take care of the warrant and pay off the money that they
owe. Once contacted the criminal then instructs the victim to go to
the nearest Walgreen or Wal-Mart Store and purchase a Green Dot Money
Pak 14 digit scratch off card for $450.00.
This is a similar scam
that occurred in the (217) area code in December of 2012 were the
criminals identified themselves as being DEA agents telling the
victims that they were being fined for purchasing illegal drugs over
The criminal in this scam
has a foreign accent and was able the spoof the Sheriff Office's
phone number. If anyone receiving these calls immediately hang up on
the caller and notify the Christian County Sheriff Office.