Sheriff’s office warns about phone scammers posing as deputies

Sheriff’s office warns about phone scammers posing as deputies
In a Facebook post on Saturday night, the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office issued a warning about a phone scam after receiving numerous phone calls. (Source: WECT)

COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) - If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be a Columbus County Sheriff’s Deputy with a warrant out for your arrest and asking for money, it is most likely a scam.

In a Facebook post on Saturday night, the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office issued a warning about a phone scam after receiving numerous phone calls.

“Columbus County residents are being contacted by individuals posing as deputies from the Sheriff’s Office,” the post reads. “When they contact you, they advise you that you have a warrant for your arrest, that you must go to a local store and add money on a prepaid card, for example an iTunes gift card.”

Sheriff Greene and Columbus County Sheriff’s Office will not contact you by phone if there is a warrant for your arrest, according to the post.

“This is a scam. Do not give these scammers your hard earned money,” the post reads. “Please share this information with your loved ones, especially seniors, as they are frequently targeted by these scammers.”

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