Latest phone scammer pretends to be Durham law officer

The Durham County Sheriff's Office is urging residents to beware of phone scams from a man pretending to be calling from the Sheriff's Office.

There are reports of people receiving calls from a cell number that appears in Caller ID as (919) 214-0305. The caller is a man who identifies himself as Lt. Simpson with the Durham County Sheriff's Office.

"Law enforcement will not call and tell you to pay money with a prepaid card to get out of a warrant," said Sgt. Jeffrey Smith with the Sheriff's Office.

Investigators have seen an increase in phone scams related to jury duty and outstanding warrants. In some cases, the caller claims to be a family member who was arrested and in need of money to make bond.

Anyone who receives a suspicious call should make note of the phone number and contact a law enforcement agency. As phone scammers often change names and numbers, the public is urged to be alert. Never give out your personal information or money over the phone.

For more information, contact the Durham County Sheriff's Office at (919) 560-0826 or visit the sheriff's Facebook page.

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