Scam calls involving the Upper Cumberland Regional Airport have picked back up in 2021.
Airport Manager Dean Selby said people have used the airport for a scam platform for years. Selby said the airport will never call and ask for money.
“These scammers are using anything they can to pull on people’s heart strings when they’re talking about dogs or their sense of urgency saying, ‘oh, we’re gonna send this package back,’ or whatever,” Selby said. “I think this is something that goes deeper than just them using the airport. We just happen to be one of the mediums that they can try to exploit.”
Selby said finding out if a call is legitimate is as simple as calling the airport and relaying the message a scammer gives. However, if it truly is a scam, Selby said law enforcement should be contacted as well.
“The airport would never ask for money, so if that ever happens to someone, please call us,” Selby said. “We will verify that is not real, I mean we’re not going to call you and ask you for money because a package has been dropped off here and you have to pay to get it delivered.”
Selby said if someone calls and provides a number to reach the airport, residents should check and only call the listed number for the Upper Cumberland Regional Airport. The number residents should call when contacting the airport or double checking a number they were given is 931-739-7000.