UPDATE: Leland woman says she lost $5,400 in jury duty phone scam
 
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LELAND, NC (WWAY) -- A 63-year-old woman says she is still shaken up after a man fooled her out of thousands of dollars.

She is not the first victim to fall prey to this scam that now has the attention of federal investigators.

The woman, who did not want to go on camera, says a man called her claiming to be a sheriff's deputy saying that she had missed jury duty and had an active warrant out for her arrest. She says the caller told her if she paid $2,700, she would be free from the warrant and clear of any further charges.

The victim says she agreed to pay and says the caller told her to go to a nearby Rite Aid to buy prepaid credit cards to do it. The woman says she bought the wrong cards at first, so she went back and spent another $2,700 on the right ones.

The victim says she thinks the man who called her targeted her based on information from her late husband's obituary.

Leland Police say they tried to call the number back, but it was disconnected. Investigators say the victim told them the caller identified himself as Lt. William Hall from the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office. Wednesday afternoon, the victim told WWAY she did not remember the name he used, but that he said he was from the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office.

The New Hanover County Sheriff's Office put out a warning about the scam Tuesday. Spokesman Sgt. Jerry Brewer says anyone asking for money over the phone should be a red flag, especially if they claim to be from the Sheriff's Office.

"There is no situation at the Sheriff's Office where we would expect you to make payment over the phone for anything," Brewer said.

Brewer says multiple agencies are now investigating the case.

If you think you've been a victim of this scam, call law enforcement.

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Oh ok!

Sometimes we do things without thinking it through. I'm sure the woman got confused and thought she was actually talking to a real officer. Scam artists can be very persuasive. But I agree she should have called the clerk of court before sending any money to an unknown source. Let it be a good lesson. Officers of the law do not call you and ask for money. EVER!!!! So sorry this happened to this woman.

O YES THEY DO TO. I,V HAD THEM CALL ME FOR DONATIONS TO POLICE ORG. STATE AND LOCAL. EVEN HAD ONE FROM SC. (SHERIFF) DENIED ALL. ONE GOT REALLY UPSET WHEN I REFUSED TO DONATE. MAYBE THEY WERE SCAMS, I DON'T KNOW.

Only in Leland would a 63 yr old think they had to run to the store for $3,00 worth or credit cards to pay a fine for missing jury duty in a county she doesn't even live in. Wow.. Does she have a phone? can she call and ask if there is a warrant out for her and straighten it out? I guess some people don't think to call the court house and find out. Otherwise law enforcement wouldn't have to tell us there was a scam.
If someone called and told the majority of us we missed jury duty and to pay them $3,000 fine or go to jail we would have to say "come and get us" . Scam would be over. who has $3,000 lying around to hurry to the store and put on cards to call and give a stranger ? Plus I thought fines were paid to the courthouse. Never pay anything over the phone to a random stranger. Call the place back they are saying you owe money to and verify it people!!

Wow. Such genius. So intelligence. I'm glad we have you incredibly smart folk over in New Hanover County to learn from. I hope one day I can be as smart as you geniuses.

Maybe she has dementia, maybe she's had a stroke which has affected her judgement.. If either of these scenarios were the case then the recent passing of her husband would have only escalated her symptoms causing her to make poor judgement calls.. She could have a developmental disability and her husband could have always taken care of her... You don't know!! I think it is a crying shame that anyone would take advantage of our elderly and firmly believe there is a special place in hell for these types of people!! Don't judge unless you know the whole story!! How would you feel if this was your mother or grandmother?? Was it a terrible decision... Absolutely... Would anyone in Rhee right mind made the same judgement call... Probably not.... But seriously you people calling this poor woman names?? Shame on you!!

To disgusted above ^^^ You find it a shame people prey on the elderly?? Yeah, I do too, but 63 isn't elderly!!! That is still young these days, I should know. Now the LELAND woman has upped the amount she says she gave them, even to the point of "going back to the store to get the "correct" cards"!!!I still say only in Leland!!!:-0 and not ALL Leland. we know the areas.......... You suggest her husband may have always "taken care of her". that is odd, so with him gone she can't "take care of" herself? Her family should step in and put her in a home then????
well, point to take away from this story is DON"T ever give people money from the phone or front door if you have no idea who they are! You can always call and confirm if you owe money anywhere!

And to the one who says law enforcement always calls them asking for donations, Does he really think those are law enforcement officers sitting around calling for money? ROFL.. They call me too. They are fund raisers just like feed a hungry child in tabet! wake up and think people.

FUND RAISERS OR NOT. HOW DOES A PERSON KNOW FOR SURE? YOU WAKE UP AND THINK. YOU CAN SEND THEM ALL THE MONEY YOU WANT. I CERTAINLY WON'T TRY TO STOP YOU. HOW MUCH MONEY DO YOU SEND TO A CHILD IN TIBET? YOU DO WHAT YOU WANT TO AND LET OTHER PEOPLE DO WHAT THEY WANT. IF YOU WANT TO SEND A CONTRIBUTION IN MY NAME, FEEL FREE TO DO SO.

"Only in Leland..."

Nice "slam job" on Leland Guest123. It's not a "Leland" thing...this could happen in any city or town. Sadly though, there are those who feel the need to scam folks.

Actually now that Leland is part of Myrtle Beach's MSA we CAN say "Only in Leland".......they are more closely associated with SC than they are with NC now.......

Makes perfect sense to me..........

Vog

Have no fear Vog46...Senator Burr is going to save the day. He's asked that Brunswick County be returned to it's "rightful" MSA. ;)

Is she not aware she lives in Brunswick County and wouldn't be summoned for New Hanover County jury duty? How clueless can she be?

Perhaps she has properties in both counties as I know some that do. I can't imagine anyone in their right mind falling for this, so there has to be more to the story but we will never know now since she has now cut off any opportunity to clarify the details.

Concerning the Leland slams, many people have chosen to leave Wilmington or New Hanover County and move to BC to escape the traffic, cost of housing, and high taxes. I consider us pretty smart!

Concerning early/mid 60s being elderly, watch what you say you young whipper-snapper! 60s is not "elderly", and you may want to remember this when you reach this age!!!!!

Stupid is as stupid does.

Looks like it's time to thin the herd.

And ..."Life is like a box of Scams...you'll never know what you will get next".
I heard on NBC it was $5,402...but she was ashamed to admit that much money was given out from her funds :-(

If he told her, it was federal jury duty, that would be in New Hanover County. I've received numerous calls stating that I'm being served a Civil summons from a Wyoming caller. I traveled to Wy and other western states 6 years ago. I'm guessing they got my ph number from something I filled out but funny thing is they have the wrong name. This is a scam of national proportion. Think before parting with your hard earned money, folks!

...jury duty it wouldn't be the sheriff's office calling.