The Craven County Sheriff’s Office is warning about a scammer calling people and identifying himself as a Craven County deputy.
According to deputies, Thursday night a victim sent over $2,000 to the scammers when the caller masked their number to appear it was a Captain and the Sheriff calling from the Sheriff’s office.
In the scam, the caller claims some type of civil process has been issued and the person who answers the phone needs to pay a fee to avoid being arrested for failing to appear, deputies said.
Deputies said the caller will often leave a number for you to call back and when you do a recording will say “County Sheriff’s Office”.
Never provide your credit card number or other personal information without verification of the individual’s true identity and verified affiliation, deputies said.
Deputies said that if you are told to buy Green Dot cards to pay the fees don’t do it and never meet someone you don’t know at a predetermined location to pay the fees.
The Sheriff’s Office doesn’t call to tell you to pay a fee to avoid being arrested, deputies said.
If you need to verify the identity of a Deputy contact the Craven County Sheriff’s Office at (252) 636-6620 or (252) 633-2357.