Tri-Cities SCAM ALERT

BLOUNTVILLE, TN — Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Andy Seabolt and Abingdon, Virginia Police Department spokeswoman Tenille Montgomery are amont the latest to issue scam alerts for the Tri-Cities area.
In Abingdon, officers were recently advised of the phone scam, in which the caller says he or she wants to rent a property through a program at Virginia Highlands Community College. But the program, which is supposed to assist with paying the rent for a year, doesn’t exist. The caller then tells the property owner that bank account information is needed so the rent can be transferred.

Reports of an age-old IRS scam continue this summer in Sullivan County. The caller claims to be from the IRS, informing people that they own money and will be arrested if they do not pay.

Officials remind us people never to provide any information, such as bank accounts, credit cards, Social Security number or birth date, to callers. You may also have the ability to block certain callers, depending on your phone provider.