The Paducah Police Department warns citizens about a scam using the name of the McCracken County Sheriff's Department.
Officer Pedro Loredo spoke with a woman Tuesday who said she received a voicemail message, allegedly from the McCracken County Sheriff's Department, Monday afternoon. She said she received a telephone call Monday evening, and the caller ID was showing the main Paducah Police telephone number (270-444-8550). The caller told the woman she had an outstanding warrant for her arrest.
The caller also said the woman should have received a subpoena last Nov. 5 for a federal court case. The caller told the woman the bond amount for the warrant was $3,000, but would be reduced to $2,000 if she paid it over the phone with MoneyGrams or pre-paid Visa cards. The woman went to various locations and purchased the pre-paid Visa cards the caller requested, and provided the information from the cards to the man over the telephone.
The woman said she then began receiving texts and telephone calls from a different man, calling from a number with a 503 area code. The man claimed to be Deputy Chris Monahan, and he requested her driver's license and credit card information in order to set up a Western Union account. He told the woman that he lives in Oregon, and it was then that the woman called Paducah Police to report the matter.
The police department reminds citizens that officers will not call to inform you there is a warrant for your arrest, nor will they accept bond payments in any form. They strongly discourage citizens from providing MoneyGram or pre-paid credit card information over the telephone. Do not provide personal information of any sort to unknown callers. Always err on the side of caution.