Watauga County Sheriff Len Hagaman is warning residents of the latest scam in the area. The Sheriff says a male claiming to be a Lieutenant David Bradley (NO SUCH PERSON) with the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office is calling victims to say they have missed court dates or failed to report for jury duty and there are warrants for their arrest. The “Lieutenant” is giving the victims an opportunity to pay the fines via PayPal or other methods of payment.
One local resident received a call appearing from the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office telling them “that they had papers for them.” The phone number showed up on Caller ID as 828-468-8362. The voice mail for this number forwarded it to 404-357-8073. That number was called by a Criminal Investigator with the Sheriff’s Office, and a man answered and identified himself as Lt. David Bradley with the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office. The man said that he was in NC and in Boone. Upon being questioned by the Investigator the man misspelled Boone.
Sheriff Hagaman reminds residents that if you receive any call that sounds suspicious to contact the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office.