Scammers posing as Pitt County deputies

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PITT COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - A new phone scam has hit one Eastern Carolina county.

The Pitt County Sheriff's Office say scammers are posing as trusted law enforcement officers and spoofing their phone numbers in hopes of getting you to hand over your money.

To make things trickier, Sgt. Lee Darnell with the Pitt County Sheriff's Office says scammers are using the names of actual employees and other local officials.

Darnell says they're using a variety of tactics, including the following:

• There is a warrant for you because you did not pay your taxes or debts. The scammer will threaten arrest, unless you pay over the phone immediately with a debit or credit card.
• You were summoned for jury duty and did not appear as ordered by the judge. If you don't pay over the phone immediately, you'll be arrested.
• Your child/grandchild is in trouble and needs money immediately or they will go to jail.

Remember, local sheriff's departments will never call you asking for money.

If you get a call similar to the ones mentioned above, hang up the phone and contact the sheriff's office yourself to confirm the call.

Always look up the phone number on an official website, county website or from a professional social media page to make sure you reach the real thing, not the number the scammers provide.

If you or someone you know has fallen victim to this scam, report it to your local authorities immediately.