Whitfield County Sheriff's Office Warns Of Telephone Scam

Monday, August 21, 2017

The Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office is alerting the public of fraudulent calls circulating in the area involving citizens being informed they have to pay a fine for missing jury duty.

The sheriff’s office has received reports that citizens are being contacted via telephone by a subject representing himself as a member of the sheriff’s office. This person is informing the citizens that a warrant has been issued for them for failing to report to jury duty. One of the telephone numbers being used in this scam is 706 250-9798. Citizens are being instructed to go to a local store and get a “green money card” for $480 and call them back to provide them with the number of the card to avoid arrest.

Please to be alert to a scam of this nature. The sheriff’s office or court system would never tell a citizen to purchase a green card. This same type scam has occurred in the past and investigators were able to trace the calls to a Georgia prison where a cell telephone had been smuggled in to some inmates.

If anyone receives a call like this they should report it to their local law enforcement agency.        



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