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The Durham Police Department has received recent reports of calls from a person pretending to be a Durham police sergeant. The caller told the victims they missed jury duty and then demanded money from them. DPD officers do not call people about jury duty and do not ask for money, prepaid credit cards or gift cards.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) offers the following tips to avoid becoming a victim of this scam:
Don't give out personal information in response to an incoming call. Identity thieves are clever – they often pose as representatives of banks, credit card companies, creditors, or government agencies to get people to reveal their account numbers, Social Security numbers, mother's maiden names, passwords and other identifying information.
Some callers seeking to harm consumers may already have personal information – don't be fooled into giving them additional information or providing them payment. If you get an inquiry from a company or government agency seeking personal information, don't provide it. Instead, hang up and call the phone number on your account statement, in the phone book or on the company's or government agency's website to find out if the entity that supposedly called you actually needs the requested information from you.
In addition, we would like to share the following fraud crime prevention tips from the North Carolina Department of Crime Control and Public Safety: