Sheriff's office warns residents about phone scam
The Dare County Sheriff's Office is warning residents about a
phone scam in which a caller, identifying himself as a Dare County
deputy sheriff, tells them that they owe money and tries to make
arrangements for payment.
According to Chief Deputy Steve
Hoggard, the caller tells the person that he or she owes a fine or a
tax or some other amount of money. Hoggard said the caller
proposes a meeting at which the fine can be paid or asks for credit
card or other financial information.
The Sheriff's Office has
heard from several residents about the calls, and the scam has been
reported in other jurisdictions, most notably in the Tidewater area of
In a news release, Dare County Sheriff Doug
Doughtie said that deputies may call citizens to inform them of court
appearances or to schedule appointments for service of processes.
no time will a legitimate Dare County sheriff’s deputy ask any citizen
for credit card information or other information indicating that a debt
or other money must be paid immediately over the phone, nor will they
ask you to come to a location for the purpose of paying a fine,"
He warned that citizens should never give a caller their credit card or other identifying information.
should not give out confidential personal information, except during
legitimate, verified transactions," he said. "At no time should you
consent to meet someone at any location unless you are sure that you
know that individual and that his or her business is legitimate."
If you receive one of these calls, he said, you should call Dare 911 or your local law enforcement agency.