The name of Monitronics International of Dallas has been used in scams across the country, but Shelby County Sheriff's Deputy Jason Rice said this is the first case that has cropped up in Shelby.
Callers claiming to be sales people with the company, who are doing telephone soliciting, are not legitimate, said Rice
, who said he
became aware of the scammers after resident Billy Kays contacted him to tell him about it.
"This gentleman who lives here in the community actually owns a Monitronics system, and [he] said the person called and said, 'Hey, we'd like to give you a free one, and we'll set you up with a representative,'" Rice
also cautions people about scammers.
"If someone calls you out of the blue to solicit something, be sure to ask questions and get call-back numbers or Internet references to validate what they're telling you is true before you make any type of payment or give them any type of personal information over the phone," he