The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office has received several calls regarding a jury duty scam. An individual identifying himself as Captain Ray Brogden is calling Wayne County residents. The caller claims the resident has missed appearing as a juror and an Order for Arrest has been issued against them. To avoid arrest, the resident is instructed to pay a fine and send the money to Captain Brogden.
The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office does have an employee by the name of Captain Ray Brogden. Somehow the scammer obtained his name and is attempting to defraud citizens. This is an imposter that is making these calls. The number that the individual is calling from is displayed on Caller ID as 919-299-9785. But individuals that commit these type frauds know how to “spoof” a telephone number to make it look like a legitimate telephone number (spoofing allows scammers to seem as if they are calling you from a local number, a trusted business, or a government office such as a law enforcement agency).
According to the NC Attorney General’s Office, if you receive a call and a request for money to prevent you from being arrested, hang up.
To protect yourself, remember:
Real notices for jury duty arrive by mail.
Legitimate public officials won’t call to threaten you with arrest if you don’t show up for jury duty or fail to pay a fine immediately.
Hang up on jury duty scammers and other crooks who try to trick you out of your hard-earned money.
If someone tries to get you to use a prepaid debit card or a gift card to pay money they say you owe them, you are almost certainly being scammed.
If you get one of these calls, report it to your local police department and file a complaint with the Attorney General’s Office by calling 1-877-5-NO-SCAM or completing the form online at www.ncdoj.gov.