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CONSUMER WATCH: Thieves make arrest threats to get your money

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No one wants to be behind bars, especially for not paying off a bill.

That's why thieves are using the threat of being thrown in jail to get your money.

Rebecca Lindsley was terrified when she thought deputies from the Russell County Sheriff's Office were on their way to arrest her and her husband.

"That's scary. Whenever I first heard that, I was so scared I called my husband and he said he just couldn't believe it," she said.

Men stating they were from a local law firm, Cash Net USA, and Titlemax left several messages at her father's home about an unpaid debt.

Her father, Emmanuel Wiggins said, "It is harassment because they called my house like five or six times."

They said the couple needed to pay up or go to jail.

Lindsley explained what the caller said and stated, "You got a lawsuit against you and if you pay 700 dollars we can close the case up and be done and over with."

She did some research before forking over the cash and discovered the calls were not coming from the firm, Titlemax or Cash Net UDA.

News Leader 9's Chandi Lowry had her call the fake company back to see what they would say on the telephone.

Lindsley asked, "Is this for Cash Net USA?

The person from the company said, "Yes ma'am, yes."

When she offered to pay, he urged her to use a Green Dot Pak and Pay Pal account to send hundreds of dollars and assured her it was the most secure way to send the cash.

The man on the telephone stated, "We cannot take any payment from your credit card or checking account or debit card because it may be stolen in the future.

When Lowry told Lindsley to ask which sheriff's department would be arresting her, the man avoided the question several times and said, "We will be filing the case and we will be sending the sheriff to your doorstep. I'm going to call your local sheriff and wait for the local sheriff. He will be calling you right now."

Lindsley asked, "Which sheriff's department?

The man said, "You wait for the call."

The man then hung up the telephone.

Lindsley and her father don't want anyone to fall for the trick. so they are telling folks keep their guard up.

She said, "Yes I thought me and husband had a lawsuit against us. They made me believe it and they wanted us to send money. I don't have that kind of money to give to them."

Wiggins said, "I think the word needs to be put out because if they do it to my son and law and daughter they will do it to anyone, especially the elderly or the young that might be frightened by the threat of the police and just up and send them money."

If you receive a suspicious phone call contact the police department.

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