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Scammer claims to be Rowan County sheriff’s deputy, asks for money to satisfy costs of missed jury duty

SALISBURY — The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office received multiple reports Tuesday from residents of Davidson County that a caller claiming to be a Rowan County deputy said he had warrants for their arrest for failure to appear for jury duty.

The Sheriff’s Office says the calls are a scam.

The caller told the residents they would have to pay court costs and fines to avoid arrest. Generally, he asked for about $1,000.

The caller asked residents to provide credit or bank account information or to go to Food Lion in Spencer to wire the money.

The caller was using the number 704-225-6215. A voice-mail message at that number identifies it as the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Office says it does not contact residents with a request to pay money or ask them for credit or bank account information, and it would never direct people to wire-transfer money.

Anyone with information about the calls should contact the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office at 704-216-8500.

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