A phone scam is currently going around Moore County with the callers claiming to sheriff’s deputies and law enforcement.

Sheriff Godfrey said the callers are telling citizens that they are being fined for failing to appear on a summons for jury duty and must pay it with a preloaded debit card, such as a Green Dot Card, or a wire transfer.

Previous phone scammers called Pinehurst residents claiming to be Sergeant Wilson, but the name is a phony name.

“The scammers usually alter the caller ID number, so it appears that someone from Moore County Sheriff’s Office is Calling,” said Godfrey.  “Residents should know the Sheriff’s Office will never call and demand an immediate payment, nor will a deputy call about a jury summons without having mailed it to the resident. The Sheriff’s Office does not require a specific method of payment such as prepaid debit cards for fines, nor is anyone ever asked to give credit or debit card numbers over the phone.”

Godfrey is asking citizens receiving suspicious phone calls to notify the Sheriff’s Office at 910-947-2931 or by email at [email protected]

Also, if you think you’ve been victimized by any scam, you can file a complaint with the North Carolina’s Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division or call 1-877-5-NO-SCAM.



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