RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The Wake County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents to be on alert for scam phone calls that threaten prosecution for not complying with a jury summons.
Sheriff Donnie Harrison said in a press release that residents have been targeted by phone calls from people claiming to work for the Wake County Sheriff’s Office Warrants Division. The victims of the scam are asked to place money onto prepaid cards, such as ones that can be purchased at local stores.
The release states that there are no circumstances in which any members of the sheriff’s office will ever request or demand money in order to have a warrant retracted.
Wake County courts don’t require anyone to provide any sensitive information during a phone call. According to the release, most contact between a court and a prospective juror will be through the mail, and any phone contact by real court officials will not include requests for Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, or any other sensitive information.
If you receive such a phone call, don’t provide the requested information and call the Wake County Sheriff’s Office at 919-856-6911.