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Lincoln County Sheriff Warns Citizens of Scam

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office continues to receive complaints from citizens who have been targeted by scammers claiming to represent the Sheriff’s Office.

Victims are receiving phone calls from a number that shows up on Caller I.D. as a Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office number or a local landline number.

On November 14, one local resident received four calls from a number that was identified as the Lincoln County Sheriff’s main number, 704-732-9050. The resident answered the fourth call and was told that she had missed a Federal Court date and was going to be arrested if she didn’t post a $2,800 cash bond. The caller used the name of an actual Lincoln County Officer.

The resident was told to stay on the line with the caller after she got the money requested. She was then told to meet the caller at the Food Lion store in Lincolnton. The resident realized something was wrong and told the scam artist to meet her at the Sheriff’s Office. The caller became irate and hung up on the would-be victim.

The Sheriff’s Office advises all citizens that such calls are a scam. The Sheriff’s Office does not accept money in order to cancel a warrant or an order for arrest. All warrants are served in person and not by phone. Citizens should not provide any personal identifying information over the phone or purchase any money cards or exchange any money in reference to such calls.

The Sheriff’s Office is investigating.