FORSYTH COUNTY — The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents of a potential scam involving someone impersonating a deputy.
According to the sheriff’s office, two reports have been filed in the past week in which residents said they had received a phone call from someone claiming to work for the agency.
In one report, a man pretending to be Sheriff’s Sgt. John Everett tells the resident he has a warrant for her arrest for missing jury duty.
The male caller goes on to say the warrant can be cancelled out that day, but only if she pays a certain amount of money by buying a Green Dot prepaid card and bringing it to the office.
Once the resident is near the office, he asks her to provide the prepaid card numbers over the phone so he can start the paperwork. He receives them and ends the conversation.
The sheriff’s office reminds residents that it doesn’t control jury duty, court fines or any other means of pay money to the judicial system.
If contacted by a person asking you to pay a fine, residents are advised to hang up and notify the sheriff’s office or other law enforcement agency.
The scam has reportedly been taking place throughout metro Atlanta over the past year.