A Tennessee woman contacted our office today and said someone claiming to be a Trigg County police officer phoned her and asked if she wanted to purchase an ankle-monitoring system for her boyfriend, who in incarcerated in the Christian County Jail. Over a period of weeks, the victim purchased Green Dot cards totaling over $2,000 and gave the caller access to the online account information to supposedly pay for the monitoring device. The caller then transferred the money from the Green Dot account to another account.
"The fact that this caller used the last name of one of our officers and sought out someone who actually had a boyfriend in the Christian County Jail tells us they are using the internet to do research on their victims," said Sgt. Scott Brown.
Jails never ask for bail money or ankle monitoring costs to be conducted over the phone. Bail is paid in person at the jail. Any monitoring devices are handled through the court, once again, in person.
"And you should never conduct any business of any kind where the person asks you over the phone to purchase a Green Dot or other reloadable credit card to send to them. This usually ends with someone getting defrauded," Sgt. Brown said.
The victim was advised to contact the police department where she lives and file a police report.The boyfriend is still lodged in the Christian County Jail.
Information provided by Sgt. Scott Brown
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