Wilson County police warn residents about scam

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WILSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – Police in Wilson County are warning residents about a scam going on in the area.

According to authorities, people pretending to be with the United Nations or Nigerian government are emailing residents and telling them they have been victims of illicit transactions.

They’re then informed that they’re entitled to compensation. One person was told that so-called victims could receive $4.9 million each if they came forward.

In order to retrieve the money, the person has to send their ATM numbers and identification to the caller.

The Wilson County Sheriff’s Department says even though the scam is farfetched, people have fallen for it.

“This type of scam has been around for a very long time and is presented in a variety of ways,” Sheriff Robert Bryan said. “A lot of people make jokes about this scam but unfortunately, someone may very well think it is a legitimate offer. I assure you it is not. If someone emails or calls you regarding a ‘reward’ or ‘compensation,’ just hang up the phone or hit delete. A legitimate government agency will never call or email you asking for personal information and certainly not for money or for your credit, debit or bank card information.”

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