Jury Duty Scam: Con artists using current deputy names to try and collect money

The Catawba County Sheriff's Office is warning folks of a jury duty scam that is hitting the area. They said someone is calling residents identifying themselves as a sheriff's deputy and saying "you've missed jury duty and have a warrant out for your arrest." 

The suspects are identifying themselves as deputies and using actual names of current sheriff's deputies, and the numbers even appear as numbers from the Catawba County Sheriff's Office. 

Suspect callers are known to provide the victim's name, address, and birth date. All of this information can be found on the internet, deputies said. The suspects are telling victims they must send money to avoid being arrested. 

"THIS IS A SCAM. Do not give out any personal information or transfer/send money. Law enforcement, the Clerk of Court, District Attorney/Government Agencies will not ask for personal information or money over the phone," the Catawba County Sheriff's Office said. 

There are several apps that make it possible for the suspects to look like the call is coming from a different number, deputies said. 

Anyone who has concerns is asked to please call the sheriff's office at 828-464-5241.