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Crime Alert

posted Feb 26, 2014, 12:03 PM by Domain Admin   [ updated Feb 26, 2014, 12:10 PM ] is a scam working its way into our Charlotte neighborhoods; scammers posing as Sheriff Deputies.  How does the scam work?  Victims receive a phone call from someone posing as a Sheriff Deputy.  The caller informs the victim there is a warrant for their arrest because they failed to show up for jury duty.  The caller then tells the victim to prevent from being arrested they can pay the fine over the phone.  The caller instructs the victim to place $500 on a GreenDot prepaid card, call back within an hour, and provide the card number.  Once the money is paid to the caller, the caller’s phone number is disconnected.
The CMPD Financial Crimes Unit has confirmed this scam, and many others, are happening here in Charlotte.  According to the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office, there are a number of current scams happening across North Carolina.  Please read the attached document which covers these scams and ways to protect yourself.
What to do in the event of this scam…
- Immediately hang up and call the actual Sheriff’s Office.  The Sheriff’s Office can confirm or disprove if you have a warrant.  You can also check warrants online at
- The Sheriff’s Office will NEVER have you pay any money over the phone.  Money is actually collected by the Clerk of Courts.
- Never provide sensitive information over the phone.  How do you know who is actually on the other end of the phone?
- Call 911 to report this criminal activity.
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Domain Admin,
Feb 26, 2014, 12:03 PM