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Scammers use jury duty to take your money

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GREENVILLE, N.C. -
Across North Carolina, law enforcement agencies are dealing with con artists impersonating them to scam residents out of money and personal information.  

This latest scam uses the hook of jury duty to reel people in. 

The caller claims to a deputy for a local sheriff’s office. The caller then tells the resident they missed jury duty and need to pay a fine to avoid going to court. 

It’s a scare tactic The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office says this is a common scam technique. 

“Scammers use extortion techniques, threats, and they also use the authority of law enforcement as a way of scaring people into sending them money in a fraudulent scam," said Major Kenneth Watson. 

Watson says one red flag of this scam is law enforcement does not collect money or fines for the court system. 

“If you get a call from someone saying they are law enforcement and you have to pay a fine immediately, then it's a scam," said Watson. 

Watson says if the caller asks you to pay with a prepaid card, it’s should also be a red flag that it could be a scam. 

Teacher Darris Sawyer says he can’t believe someone would misrepresent themselves as law enforcement to scam people. 

“It’s crazy! It’s disrespectful for one to the sheriff's department, and it's also disrespectful to people that work hard like myself," said Sawyer. 

Watson says never give out your personal information over the phone, no matter who the caller claims to be. He encourages residents to call their local police department of sheriff’s office if they receive a suspicious call. 

To report a scam click here. 
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