Two different Cherokee County residents reported Wednesday that they received a phone call from a man claiming he was a Cherokee County deputy who was collecting payment by phone for outstanding traffic citations from 2011, the Sheriff’s Office said.
The suspect advised the victims that a judge had authorized payment by phone to assist with the backlog of citations and were even allowing them to pay a discounted price if paid immediately.
Residents should be aware that if they receive a similar call they should not provide the caller with any information nor should they consider making a payment, said Lt. Jay Baker, spokesperson for the Sheriff’s Office.
“Legitimate payments for citations are made at the Cherokee County Justice Center, not by phone,” Baker said. “If you receive a phone call from a person claiming to be a deputy collecting money for any reason, please call 911 and report the incident.”