Atkinson County sheriff warns residents about phone scam

The caller ID even showed the sheriff office's phone number.  (Source: WALB)
The caller ID even showed the sheriff office's phone number.  (Source: WALB)

ATKINSON CO., GA (WALB) - The Atkinson County sheriff's office is warning people about a scam.

Officials said a scammer is targeting residents in the area.

Someone in Pearson got a call from a crook claiming to be from the Atkinson courthouse.

The caller said they missed jury duty and needed to send a Blue Dot money card to rectify the problem.

The caller ID even showed the sheriff office's phone number.

But Sheriff David Moore said it's just a scam.

"They will never call you and tell you that you have to satisfy a jury duty, a ticket, a summons or anything like that over the phone with a Green Dot card or a Blue Dot card, yet people fall for it. These people are intimidating, they are getting more and more sophisticated," said Moore.

The Atkinson County Sheriff's Office is investigating the scam to see who is behind it.

If you believe you have been scammed, you should call your local sheriff's office.

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