Local woman reacts to scam call as law enforcement warns public

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- No matter who you are or where you live or your social status anyone can be a victim of a scam.

Cathy Gamm received a call with a man impersonating a Warren County Deputy, after doing almost everything he had said, Gamm found out it was all a scam.

"They come up year after year, time after time and we try to educate the public as much as we can," says Public Information Officer Ronnie Ward of BGPD.

"When I heard the voicemail I figured it was probably just something about a client, and when I called he identified himself he said that he was Deputy Barry Riley and he was with the Warren County Sheriff's Department and he was just calling to reach Cathy Gamm on an open civil case and that it was very urgent and that I needed to contact him back. I was on the phone with him for about an hour and a half and I was driving because I was on my way to run errands and he was very professional very calm, he spoke like a cop, and the first thing that really kinda hooked me was he knew where I lived." -- Cathy Gamm.

The impersonating deputy then gave Cathy some alternatives.

Gamm says, "I could take care of this without having to go to court, having to spend more money or go to jail, I've never been in trouble in my life, and so I was freaking out."

Gamm adds that during the conversation, the impersonating deputy told her she was under this alleged gag order. He then told her what he wanted her to do to take care of her legal problem.

"I needed to put that money on these prepaid card vouchers again, fishy but I'm still driven by fear I did it, I went to the bank I got money out so I got the vouchers from Kroger put the money on there so that's where he showed me basically that it was a scam because he said ok now we have to validate those vouchers I need the validation code." -- Cathy Gamm.

Gamm never gave those numbers over the phone and drove back to work and called the sheriff's department.

BGPD Public Information Officer Ronnie Ward says law enforcement tries to maintain the public informed.

"Scams are something that we spend a lot of time talking about here at work, our elderly are being targeted really anyone is being targeted now because scams they come in all shapes and sizes and they're looking for money they're not looking for people."

"If it didn't work they would stop doing it, the problem is it's working, someone can't tell you over the phone we have a warrant for your arrest and we're coming for ya cause we're not." -- Ronnie Ward.

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