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North Carolina sheriff’s office warns of telephone scam

June 28, 2019

NEW BERN, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina sheriff’s office is warning residents about a telephone scam which cost one person more than $2,000.

The Craven County Sheriff’s Office says on its Facebook page that the caller is masking their number to appear as if a captain and the sheriff were calling from headquarters. The caller then tells the person on the line that they need to pay a fee to avoid being arrested for failure to appear.

According to the sheriff’s office, the caller will often leave a number for a resident to call. That call triggers a recording which says “County Sheriff’s Office.”

Officials say a victim sent over $2,000 to the scammers on Thursday.

The sheriff’s office says it will never call anyone to pay a fee to avoid arrest.

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