Odom warns of scam using office fax number

By ED HOWELL
Posted 8/4/17

Daily Mountain Eagle

Circuit Clerk Susie Odom said a scam is incorrectly warning people in phone calls to pay fines, when in fact paperwork for any real owed payments is sent from her office.

“They are calling and identifying themselves as …

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Odom warns of scam using office fax number

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Daily Mountain Eagle

Circuit Clerk Susie Odom said a scam is incorrectly warning people in phone calls to pay fines, when in fact paperwork for any real owed payments is sent from her office.

“They are calling and identifying themselves as being in my office and working in this office,” Odom said Thursday. They go on to say the person called has “a debt and they have so much time to pay it and they needed to pay it, and they are threatening them with jail if they don’t pay it.” 

Odom said that is not the way it works.

“We don’t make phone calls like that,” she said. “We send out court notices, and if anybody ever gets a call like that, they need to turn around and call me, and if it is afterhours, call me the next day.”

When they call Odom, then together they can figure out what was behind the call.

“We don’t call and threaten people. We don’t make phone calls about debts. We send out court documents and papers and notices,” she said.

She appeared to be appalled at the scam effort, which even threatens to send the victim to jail if they do not pay.

“That is pretty mean, isn’t it?” she asked.

The call looks like it is legitimately coming from her office, because a fax number is being used to make the calls, Odom said.

“On your caller ID, it will have 384-7271, which is my fax number,” she said.

Odom was only made aware of it Thursday morning.

“(Attorney) Garve Ivey came here with his client, and they played the recording to us. We heard it. He was calling to find out what was going on, but I am going to have him turn it over to the Sheriff’s Office or the district attorney to have that looked at,” she said. However, she said if that victim received a call, “then you know there are more.”

The public should call Odom to 384-7268 if they get a scam call, or if they get any material from her office and still have questions.