LEE COUNTY, Fla.- There's a new scam warning to tell you about, and it resembles some recent ones. This involves a bogus phone call from a person, saying he is representing the Lee county clerk of courts office.
"We know a local woman had a phone call from a person, purporting to be with our office," says Rita Miller of the clerk's office. "The woman says the caller demanded payment for a fine or fee on a court case, and even threatened to come to her door and demand payment. She was quite frightened."
The call came from an '844' number. We checked on line and found numerous recent complaints about the number in question.
Beth Schell of the Lee sheriff's office tells WINK News: "Technology allows these people to hide their location, they can mask their place and make it very difficult for law enforcement to find them. Twists on this scam are happening all the time. Callers in the past have said they are with the Internal Revenue Service or the Lee Sheriff's office, and they must have payment immediately. Now it's the clerk. Those are bogus calls."
In the incident of this past weekend, the unidentified woman did not send away money.
Miller says, the clerk and other government agencies would not just call you and ask for payment, nor would they come to your door to demand payment.
"That is unfortunate, there is no way a valid agency would resort to those tactics," says Miller.
The best advice: if you get a call that seems suspicious, and asks for money, take down the basic information, then hang up, and call law enforcement.