Anderson County Sheriff's Department: Be on the lookout for this phone scam

ANDERSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A local resident contacted the Anderson County Sheriff's Department regarding a possible phone scam.

The resident said someone reportedly calling from the "Neighborhood Watch Initiative" called in response to break-ins in the area. The caller asked if the homeowner had an alarm system and said they were giving away alarm systems to people who responded that they did not.

The person claiming to be with the initiative also attempted to gather other personal information from the local, such as their address. The Anderson County Sheriff's Department discovered that the call came from a number faked to appear local.

Residents in Anderson County should be cautious as this may be an attempt to gather a homeowner's address, see if the resident has an alarm and then possibly target them in a robbery.

The sheriff's department reminded residents that legitimate neighborhood watch groups and law enforcement agencies do not make calls like that. Never give out any personal information, such as your address, over the phone.

Any Anderson County residents receiving these types of calls are asked to notify the Anderson County Sheriff's Department at 865-457-2414 or their local police department.