Sheriff’s department warns of Facebook scam

The McCracken County Sheriff’s Department says a local woman has reported a scam that targeted her through multiple Facebook profiles. 

Deputies say the woman reported a profile under the name "Charles Smith Mountjoy" contacted her via Facebook message. She reported that Mountjoy told her if she paid $500, she would get $100,000 from the federal government. Another Facebook friend of hers told her the Mountjoy profile was real, but deputies say she later learned the friend was actually another fake profile made by the Mountjoy scammer. 

Mountjoy asked for personal information including the woman’s drive’s license number, name, date of birth, Facebook password and phone number. She eventually sent the scammer $500 and the information. She told deputies the scammer called her later, and the caller had a foreign accent. 

Deputies say they want to advise the public to be cautions when giving out personal information by phone or online. 

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