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Sheriff's Office warns of 'Jury Duty' scam

The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office is warning citizens of a jury duty scammer that is using the name of a deputy currently employed with the Sheriff’s Office. The scammer called a Clinton woman Monday (Dec. 10) claiming to be Sheriff’s Office employee Kenny Sharp.

The scammer told her she missed jury duty and would be arrested if she did not pay $729.00. The Clinton resident went to her Credit Union and after explaining what happened they advised her to go to the Sheriff’s Office as they believed she had been scammed.

When she arrived at the Sheriff’s Office, she advised the clerks that she received a threatening phone call from Kenny Sharp about missing jury duty. The “real” Kenny Sharp, fortunately, was in the office and was able to meet with the woman and let her know about the jury duty scam attempts in the area. Sharp, is the Administrative Lieutenant with 29 years of service with the department.

Anderson County Sheriff, Russell Barker, says scammers will do anything to exploit people. “Our office will never call a citizen advising them of missed jury duty. If you encounter anyone claiming to be from our office calling about jury duty, please notify us immediately,” Sheriff Barker stated.

You can reach the Sheriff’s Communication Center at 865-457-2414.