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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office says it is investigating phone calls some county residents have been getting from someone fraudulently claiming to be with the Sheriff’s Office.

In the calls, someone claims to be with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office and that the person receiving the call has failed to show up for jury duty. They then claim the person needs to pay a fine or a warrant will be issued for their arrest. Investigators say the claims are completely false and have nothing to do with the Sheriff’s Office or Clerk of Courts. Instead they say it is an attempt to extort money from people.

Anyone who has received this call or has any information is asked to call the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office at (910) 798-4162.

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