ANNISTON, Ala. (WIAT) – The Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents of the county about a new scam in the area. On the Sheriff’s Facebook page, they warn people that a suspect is calling residents, pretending to be a neighbor, or someone well known in the community. The suspect, who’s number is blocked, tells the victims that he has an emergency situation and needs money that evening.
The suspect asks the victims to put some cash in their mailbox, because they are unable to collect it at this time, and he would be by later to collect it. The suspect is described to speak in a “gruff manner” and that they are sick with a flu or cold. The normal asking amount seems to be hundreds of dollars, which they have collected from a few victims. The money disappears overnight without any trace of who picked it up.
The Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office is asking for your help to catch this suspect. They ask, if you get the call to say, “yes, you will get them some money but you need a couple of hours to get it.” You are then asked to call the Sheriff’s Office immediately. You can reach them at: 256-236-6600.
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