Town of Georgetown police investigating phone scams

Georgetown police department

Georgetown police are investigating two phone scams reported in the Georgetown area.

GEORGETOWN – Town of Georgetown police reported Friday they are investigating two phone scams that have occurred in the Georgetown area.

According to Georgetown police Lt/. Lawrence Grose, one scam involves a subject claiming to be from the Sussex County Sheriff’s Office calling and advising the answering party that there is a warrant out for their arrest for missing jury duty.

The caller advises the answering party to respond to Wal-Mart and obtain money orders or gift cards in a certain amount of money. They are then to make arrangements to turn the money orders over or give the caller numbers from the gift card so they can get the money. Once this is done the subject advises the answering party the warrants will be cleared.

The two answering subjects hung up and did not obtain any money for the caller.

In contact with the Sussex County Sheriff’s office, Sheriff Robert Lee confirmed that his office does not contact anyone for any type of payments for missing jury duty, Lt. Grose said.

Sheriff Lee also confirmed this is no type of duty his deputy’s would handle and if anyone receives any calls claiming they are from his office and asking for money from his office it is definitely a scam, Lt. Grose said.

The Sussex County Superior Court informed Georgetown Police Department that they do not contact any parties involved in any type of jury duty to pay a monetary fee over the phone for missing jury duty and this has never been a practice of the court.

State Senator Brian Pettyjohn, R-Georgetown, issued an alert to the jury duty phone scam Thursday via social media.

The other type of scam that is being investigating deals with a subject claiming to be from the IRS and advising the answering party that they are wanted due to owing the IRS money.

In this scam people are being advised to obtain a money order and make arrangements to get the money to them to clear out the warrant.

“At this time nobody has paid any monies to the caller claiming to be from the IRS. The IRS does not call to have anyone make cash payment by telephone,” Lt. Grose said.

The Georgetown Police Department reminds the public that they should never send cash, money orders, or any other type of payment method to any subject claiming to be from the sheriff’s office or IRS until it can be confirmed that it is a legitimate call.

It is recommended that you make contact with your local police to assist with confirming any information on any such calls.  Never give out any personal information over the phone such as date-of-birth, Social Security number, bank account information, or credit card information.

These cases are still under investigation and the public is urged to contact their local police department if they feel they are victims of these types of phone scams.

News Editor Glenn Rolfe can be reached at grolfe@newszap.com

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