The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office is warning citizens about a scam. The Sheriff’s Office reports that they have received several scam complaints in recent weeks. The intended victims are receiving phone calls from people claiming to be deputies with the Sheriff’s Office.
The callers are saying that the citizen has a warrant in their name for failure to appear, or they owe money, among other threats. To keep from being arrested, the scammer tells the citizen that the recipient of the call has to go to Walgreens or another store and buy money cards. The citizen gives the scammer the number off the back of the money card. At that point the scammer has the money.
Following the initial report of this scam by the Sheriff’s Office on social media last week, an intended victim contacted them with more information. That person said the scammers requested that the victim mail the money cards to a fake post office box at the Lenoir Post Office. The Sheriff’s Office wants to remind citizens that after you give out the numbers off the back of the money card, the money is in the scammer’s account.
The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office wants to remind citizens that no law enforcement agency, including local, state, federal, or the IRS will legally be able to take cash, money cards, or any similar form of payment in lieu of arresting you if you have a valid warrant. Call the Caldwell County Communications Center at 828-758-2324 if you have any questions.