Scammers pose as Wayne Co. Sheriff's Office employee

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WAYNE COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - A phone scam is recirculating in the east with a new twist.

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office says residents have received a call from someone claiming they are Captain Ray Brogden who is currently employed with the department.

The imposter will say that you missed jury duty for the month and there is a warrant out for your arrest. However, you can pay a fine over the phone to "clear your name."

Deputies say the call comes from the number 919-299-9785.

The sheriff's office is reminding residents that Capt. Brogden nor any employee with the department will make a call regarding jury duty. All legitimate jury duty notices arrive by mail.

Deputies also warn that 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.

Authorities say it's best to hang up the phone and contact the sheriff's department yourself.

The Attorney General's office says dozens of these scams are reported each year, with each victim losing about $1,000 each.

If you receive one of these calls, report it to your local authorities and file a complaint with the Attorney General’s Office by calling 1-877-5-NO-SCAM or completing the form online.