GOLDSBORO, N.C. (WNCN) — The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents of a scam going around where a caller poses as a deputy and requests money.
According to the sheriff’s office, they have received several calls recently regarding a scam where residents receive a call from someone claiming to be Capt. Ray Brogden. Once telling the person that they’re Brogden, they say that the resident has missed appearing as a juror on a certain date in the county and that an order for arrest has been issued.
“Jury duty is one of the most important jobs that there is, or responsibilities, that exists to date,” said Maj. Richard Lewis.
After telling the person that they will be arrested, the fake captain says they can avoid arrest if they pay a fine up front and send a certain amount of money to him.
The sheriff’s office confirmed that they do have an employee by the name of Ray Brogden and that he is a captain.
“An individual has somehow obtained Capt. Brogden’s name and is attempting to obtain money from citizens of Wayne County by the means of this court room/juror/missed court scam. The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office wants all citizens to know that our Captain Ray Brogden does not and has not made any calls such as this,” the sheriff’s office wrote in a release.
The number the imposter is calling from is currently (919) 299-9785.
“It’s called spoofing,” Lewis said. “I’m not exactly sure how it occurs, but individuals can go online somehow or another and get a number that looks like a legitimate number. They make the phone calls from there. There are different variations, and they’ve just been going on. It’s people who are too sorry to get out and work. They’re stealing good, honest, hard-working people’s money.”
If you receive a call like this, the sheriff’s office advises you to hang up on the person.
“Rest assured, any money you send as a result of a telephone call such as this will be money you will never see again,” the sheriff’s office wrote.
CBS 17 tried calling the scammer. The person on the other end caught on quickly and hung up.