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11/15/2022 7:25:00 PM
Residents Continue To Receive Scam Phone Calls

Lincoln County Sheriff's
Office Press Release

LINCOLNTON, N.C. - The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office continues to receive complaints from citizens being targeted by scammers claiming to represent the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.

Victims are continuing to receive phone calls from what shows up on Caller ID as a Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office telephone number. It also may show up as a local area landline number.

On November 14, 2022, one local resident received four calls from what shows up on the caller ID as the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office main number, 704-732-9050. The resident answered the fourth call and was told that she missed a Federal Court date and was going to be arrested if she didn’t post a $2,800 cash bond. The caller used the name of an actual officer working for the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.

The resident was told to stay on the line with the caller after she got the money requested. She was then told to meet the caller at the Food Lion in Lincolnton. The resident realized something was wrong and told the scam artist to meet her at the Sheriff’s Office. The caller became irate and hung up on the targeted victim.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office would like to advise all citizens this is scam. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office does not accept money in order to cancel a warrant or an order for arrest. All warrants are served in person and not by telephone. Citizens should not provide any personal identifying information over the phone or purchase any money cards, or exchange any money in reference to such calls.

The calls are under investigation by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.

This is a scam!

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