By: Emily Johnson
July 21, 2014
Thomasville, GA - The Thomas County Sheriff's Office tell us the phones have been ringing off of the hook lately. The office said people have been calling in to say scammers with Jamaican accents are calling them to tell them they've won the Publishers Clearning House sweepstakes.
"We've had a lot of calls last week and over the weekend, beware of free money, beware, beware, beware," said Captain Steve Jones, Thomas County Sheriff's Office Spokesperson.
The Sheriff's Office received about three dozen calls and two scammers even called Captain Jones this weekend on his work phone. He told us he went along with them for a little while.
"I said I'm just going to find out what he does, so I hung up the phone and layed it down and it wasn't two minutes later he called me right back, you hung up on me I said we got disconnected where were we," said Captain Jones.
Captain Jones said the scammers told him he had to purchase a prepaid debit card specifically a Green Dot Card from CVS in order to retrieve his winnings. It was shortly after that he told them he worked in law enforcement.
"Finally I spilled the beans on him, I told him I was in law enforcement and he said well don't you still want to claim your prize. I let him know that it was a scam and I knew what he was doing and he said some words and hung up on me," said Captain Jones.
The Sheriff's Office tell us organizations like the Publishers Clearing House will never ask you to pay money in order to receive your winnings.
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