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Scam calls mimic sheriff’s office employees
Official: Law enforcement will never ask for fines over phone

The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office has released an alert about a phone scam targeting people in Forsyth County. 

According to Cpl. Doug Rainwater spokesman for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, scammers have called numerous individuals within the county and are using a recording of an actual Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office automated message to dupe callers.

In a post to Facebook on Monday night, the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office stated that individuals would receive a phony call from the “Forsyth County Sheriff’s Department” and be advised to, “get a Green Dot money card to satisfy an Outstanding Jury Duty Obligation issue.” 

Rainwater said that after getting the Green Dot card, individuals would be told to go and deposit money at a location nearby, but en route they would be told that the location was closed or employees were busy and the fine could be paid by giving them the Green Dot card number over the phone. 

“After you read the number, they have your money,” he said.  

The post said that it was definitely a scam and the calls came from a pre-paid phone number. 

Rainwater said that no individuals were successfully scammed out of money. 

He added that the number has since been disconnected, and that the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office will never ask for fines to be paid over the phone.