CPD warns of scam circulating

Published 3:01 pm Friday, November 20, 2015

The Clanton Police Department is asking the public to be aware of scammers contacting residents in Chilton County.

According to a post on the department’s Facebook page, a caller whose number is showing up as a 202 area code, which is Washington D.C., states there have been multiple arrest warrants issued under that person’s Social Security number.

The caller threatens to have the person arrested if they refuse to pay a warrant fee.

“This is a scam, and we strongly recommend that you do not confirm your Social Security number by giving it to them or any other personal information,” according to the post. “So far, all of the reports the Clanton Police Department has received ended well, and no one was victimized.”

In September, the Chilton County Sheriff’s Office also warned the public to be aware of similar scams after the department saw an increase in calls from people reporting suspicious phone calls.

The scams ranged from people saying they were with Publisher’s Clearing House to warrants being issued for someone’s arrest if they would not pay $2,000.

Chilton County Sheriff John Shearon said in September that the most common type of scam circulating involved residents receiving a phone scam from fake IRS representatives.

Callers would tell people there were issues with their taxes and they were going to issue warrants to arrest the individuals if they did not pay.

Shearon said it was important to remember that the IRS would not call someone on the telephone about an issue with taxes or demand money over the phone.

If anyone has a question about a scam or believes they might have been affected, they should call the sheriff’s department or the Clanton Police Department and report the call.

To reach the sheriff’s department, call (205) 755-4698.

To reach the Clanton Police Department, call (205) 755-1194.