The Tennessee Department of Correction is warning the public of an apparent scam targeting families of inmates.
TDOC says several families have received calls from someone claiming to represent the Comptroller's Office and offering to help release inmates from prison. The caller then asks the family to send two large sums of money through Western Union.
TDOC says the only way a convicted felon serving a prison sentence can be released is by reaching the end of their sentence, release by parole, probation or through a court order. The department will never ask families to submit payments through Western Union.
Anyone who receives one of the phone calls is asked to contact TDOC at (615) 741-7144.