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A phone scam is circulating in Williamson County in which a caller says his victim is under arrest — unless they pay up.

Williamson County Sheriff Bennie Vick in a Thursday news release said his office has received reports from residents who received phone calls from a male who identifies himself as Deputy Anderson or Deputy James, and claims to represent the Williamson County Sheriff's Office. Vick said caller ID is spoofed to show a local police department, but the calls are actually coming from the phone number 1-888-300-9369.

The man tells his intended victim that there is an active warrant for their arrest — even providing a fake case number. Then, he pressures the victim into sending him money to avoid arrest.

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The Williamson County Sheriff's Office does not handle any warrant or criminal charge this way, Vick said. He said his office would never demand money over the phone.

Vick also said residents should never give out personal information over the phone.

— The Southern

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