Article Courtesy of First
By Lana Harris
Published April 5, 2018
People in Oakleaf are finding very realistic looking
letters on their door claiming to come from the Clay County Sheriff's
Department saying they owe hundreds of dollars for obnoxious lawn mowing.
Clay County residents have a new scam to look out for.
People in Oakleaf are finding letters on their door claiming to come from
the Clay County Sheriff's Department saying they owe hundreds of dollars for
obnoxious lawn mowing.
The letter has the homeowners’ address, name, and references real Clay
County Sheriff's Office personnel. It contained the Clay County Sheriff's
Office stamp at the top left and a violation code. It claimed the homeowners
were being fined for obnoxious lawn mowing - lawn mowing between the hours
of 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. The penalty for not paying the fine - loss of lawn
mower, jail time, and/or expulsion from the county.
Turns out, that wasn't the only scam. Resident Lashann Walton and several
other neighbors got a notice claiming to be from the neighborhood HOA. This
letter had an emblem, a list of infractions, i.e. edging, weeds, and a cost
amount for each one. The homeowners' specific infraction was highlighted
with a yellow highlighter.
"It does look like it could be legitimate," Walton said.
As one might expect, both letters are fake. The Clay County Sheriff's Office
says they have not sent out any such letters and that there would never be
any such penalties for obnoxious lawn mowing given by the Sheriff's
Walton and other neighbors tell us they verified themselves that the letter
from the homeowners' association was fake.
"This is definitely not from the homeowners’ association because I called,
it didn’t come from them," Walton said.
Given that the letters came out over the weekend, Walton says they could
have just fallen victim to an April Fool's joke.
"Hopefully it’s just a joke from some neighborhood kids," Walton said,
"April Fool's since that was yesterday. Hopefully, no one took it as real."
Clay County Sheriff's Office says they are most concerned about someone
coming to homes in the neighborhood with fake credentials asking for money
on site in reference to the fake letter they left. They warn residents not
to give them anything.