The Catawba County Sheriff's Office is warning citizens of a scam. According to a news release, the office is receiving reports that citizens are receiving calls telling people that they missed jury duty and have a warrant out for their arrest. The numbers even appear as numbers from the Sheriff's Office.
The Better Business Bureau offers these tips to avoid scams. Never send money to someone you have never met face-to-face. Don’t click on links or open attachments in unsolicited email. Don’t believe everything you see. Scammers are great at mimicking official seals, fonts, and other details. Don’t buy online unless the transaction is secure. Be extremely cautious when dealing with anyone you’ve met online. Never share personally identifiable information with someone who has contacted you unsolicited, whether it’s over the phone, by email, on social media, even at your front door.
Don’t be pressured to act immediately. Use secure, traceable transactions when making payments for goods, services, taxes, and debts. Whenever possible, work with local businesses that have proper identification, licensing, and insurance, especially contractors who will be coming into your home or anyone dealing with your money or sensitive information. Be cautious about what you share on social media and consider only connecting with people you already know.
The Sheriff’s Office reminds you that the jury duty calls are part of a scam. Do not give out any personal information or transfer or send money. The suspects are identifying themselves as Sheriff's Office Employees. Law Enforcement, Clerk of Court, the District Attorney's Office, and Government Agencies will not ask for personal information or money over the phone.