Forsyth County residents targeted in jury duty scam

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FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — Sheriff’s deputies are warning the public about a scam to have money sent to a location to avoid incarceration.

Since July 1, several Forsyth County residents have reported being contacted by telephone by individuals claiming to be members of the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.

The caller explains to the person that they have missed jury duty and were subsequently in contempt of court. In order to avoid being arrested and confined in the local jail, the person will need to transfer a specified amount of money within the next two hours.

The sheriff’s office says several residents have fallen victim to the scam.

The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office will not resolve matters of individuals missing jury duty by phone.

If someone is contacted by telephone by an individual claiming to be a deputy sheriff directing a money transfer be made or imminent incarceration shall occur, the resident should obtain the caller’s name, telephone number and other relevant information before telling the caller they will call them back. The resident should then immediately contact the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office at 336-917-7001 for verification.