The Cherokee Sheriff’s Office is warning residents of an apparent phone scam where the caller is pretending to collect traffic fines.
Two different Cherokee County residents reported Tuesday that they received a phone call from a man claiming he was a Cherokee County deputy who was collecting payment by phone for outstanding traffic citations from 2011, the Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.
The suspect advised the victims that a judge had authorized payment by phone to assist with the backlog of citations and were even allowing them to pay a discounted price if paid immediately.
Residents should be aware that if they receive a similar call they should not provide the caller with any information nor should they consider making a payment, said Lt. Jay Baker, spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office.
“Legitimate payments for citations are made at the Cherokee County Justice Center, not by phone,” Baker said. “If you receive a phone call from a person claiming to be a deputy collecting money for any reason, please call 911 and report the incident.”