Warning from FoCo Sheriff: Don’t be fooled by phone scammers impersonating deputies asking for money

Justine Lookenott

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The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) is alerting the public about a phone scam that has been targeting residents of Forsyth County(Image by Forsyth County Sheriff's Office)

(Forsyth County, GA) The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) is alerting the public about a phone scam that has been targeting residents of Forsyth County.

On Wednesday, August 31, the FCSO posted on its Facebook page that several citizens have reported recently receiving phone calls from someone identifying himself as Deputy Price with the FCSO before claiming that the citizen had an outstanding warrant or legal issue and demanding money.

The Facebook post stated that “the phone call does indeed appear to be coming from FCSO however, it is not. Law Enforcement will NEVER call you on the phone asking you to pay a fine or fee.”

The FCSO advises anyone who receives these calls to hang up and call the FCSO at 770-781-2222 if it is unclear whether the caller is a scammer.

This is the second warning put out by the FCSO in the past month. On August 5, another FCSO Facebook post warned of a pine straw scam.

According to the post, scammers were approaching houses and offering the owners a deal to lay pine straw around the yard on a price-per-bale basis. When they were done, they claimed it took more bales than usual and tried to charge the homeowner hundreds or even thousands more than originally quoted.

Two males were reported for attempting the scheme in Forsyth County around Kelly Mill Road and Chamblee Gap Road on Thursday, August 4 around 4 p.m.

The Sheriff’s Office advises homeowners to avoid unsolicited offers and only hire services from verified landscaping companies.

If you have a news tip in Forsyth County, contact Justine Lookenott at justine.lookenott@newsbreak.com.

To learn more about pine straw scams in Forsyth County, read “FoCo Sheriff’s Office warning: don’t buy pine straw from workers knocking on your door.

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I cover local news in Forsyth County, GA. My debut into the writing world began at the age of 10 when I won an essay contest in Around Acworth Magazine in which I wrote about spending the summer with my pet goat, Eclair. Since graduating from Kennesaw State University, I have been published in several newspapers and magazines in the Atlanta area including The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Atlanta School Guide, What Now Atlanta, Newcomer Magazine, the Marietta Daily Journal and the Cherokee Tribune.

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