The Cherokee Sheriff’s Office has received reports of a new scam targeting residents of the county.

Monday afternoon, sheriff’s deputies responded to a call on Nations Drive in Canton. A man at the residence received a phone call, stating his granddaughter had been involved in some type of accident and that “they had her.” They told the man to go to Publix, and the man could hear a female crying in the background.

Deputies arrived on the scene and quickly determined this was a scam, confirming this by making contact with the granddaughter, who was fine. The call came from number 52 81 3043 9631, which originates from Mexico. That same number is associated with several kidnapping scams where the suspect demands money be wired in exchange for the safe return of the family member. It’s presumed that the suspect wanted the would-be victim to respond to Publix because money can be wired from those grocery stores.

Fortunately, no one was harmed and no money was lost in Monday’s incident. The sheriff’s office encourages everyone to spread the word, and should anyone receive a similar call, the agency recommends you call 911 immediately.

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