Bourbon County officials warn of phone scam

BOURBON COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - The Bourbon County Sheriff's Office has received several complaints about a phone scam.

Sheriff Mark Matthews says someone is claiming to be from the Department of Juvenile Justice or from the Sheriff's Office. In one case, the caller says a juvenile family member is in jail and needs money to be bailed out.

In the other case, the caller claims to be a deputy sheriff and says there is a subpoena for you for a debt. They say if you don't send them money, you will go to jail.

The callers have personal information, including name, address, social security numbers and spouse's name.

The Bourbon County Sheriff's Office has these tips:
1. Do not send money.
2. Contact law enforcement.
3. Check your credit report. If they have your personal information, they could be making fraudulent charges on your credit cards.
4. Sheriff's offices and other law enforcement won't serve any paperwork by phone; they do it in person with proper identification.

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