Posted September 22
From Chatham County Sheriff’s Office


Attention residents! Today, our Office was made aware of a rash of scam calls affecting Chatham County residents. These so-called “government impostor” scams are not new, and tend to resurface across NC from year to year. For instance, in April 2021, scammers (posing as government officials, law enforcement, or other legal authorities) targeted residents of surrounding counties in a complex attempt to swindle victims out of thousands of dollars.

Now, they’ve set their sights on Chatham.

Our deputies have taken multiple reports from victims who allegedly missed “Jury Notice” in August—this is a scam. The victims were contacted by someone posing as a member of our Office, demanding payment to avoid arrest. Just today, our deputies have halted the payment of approximately $3,200.00 to these con artists.

We have already notified our deputies, Pittsboro Police Department, Siler City Police Department and Chatham County 911 / Emergency Management, as well as local stores that sell reloadable gift cards of the scam… But we also need YOUR help! We urge you to educate yourself and those you love about this threat to prevent further victimization.

Luckily, there are several ways to spot a scam, and YOU can help spread awareness by sharing this post! Learn to recognize the following techniques used by scammers:

Similarly, if someone claiming to be an officer sends you an email requesting donations on behalf of the Office, or payment in exchange for dropping criminal charges against you, call us immediately—do NOT engage with the scammer. Hang up the phone and call our non-emergency line at 919-542-2911 to report your experience and/or call 877-5-NO-SCAM if you feel you have been the victim of a scam and want to file a complaint.

Take action today to raise awareness and protect each other!