From the Harlan County Sheriff's Office -
(Harlan, Ky.) – The Harlan County Sheriff’s Office is issuing an alert to make
community members aware of a phone scam that is circulating in the Harlan County area.
The Sheriff’s Office has received reports from local residents stating that they received a
call from an individual claiming to be Deputy Stephen Davenport with the Harlan County Sheriff’s Office.
The Harlan County Sheriff’s Office does not employ anybody by that name. The law enforcement impersonator implies that the person called has active warrants or unpaid fines and they can rectify the situation by sending payment with pre-paid cards.
Several callers have reported receiving a call from 606-266-7673 and when calling the
number back, the voicemail on the line states that you’ve reached the personal line for
Deputy Davenport. This is not a number that is used by the Sheriff’s Office.
We are also aware of one occasion where the scammer spoofed the Sheriff’s Office
phone number to make calls. Spoofing technology allows scam artists to trick Caller ID
into displaying false information.
The Harlan County Sheriff’s Office or any other legitimate law enforcement agency does
not call individuals and demand or request money from community members under any
circumstances. Never provide your personal information, banking information or pay
any fee (prepaid gift cards) to anyone over the phone.
The Sheriff’s Office is actively working to attempt to determine the true identity of the
individual making the calls.