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Phone Scam Alert

Post Date:08/24/2018 11:39 AM

 

Sheriff BJ Barnes would like to alert the public regarding a phone scam that is targeting Guilford County residents.

Several citizens have recently reported receiving phone calls from subjects claiming to be deputies with the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office and informing the citizen that he/she has missed jury duty or has an outstanding warrant for missing a court date. After engaging the citizen in conversation, these impersonators often demand that the citizen pay a fine or fee by phone in order to avoid arrest. These impersonators have been requesting payments be made via prepaid GreenDot MoneyPak cards or other types of gift cards.

Sheriff Barnes recommends that any citizen receiving these calls should hang up and should not provide any money or personal information to these scammers. Law enforcement officers will never ask for money over the phone to settle a warrant or missed court date.

Anyone with information or questions regarding these scams is asked to contact the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office at (336) 641-3690.

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