Sheriff: Dozens of ‘jury duty’ scam calls reported in Brunswick County is your source for free news and information in the Wilmington area.

Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram is warning area residents about a phone scam that’s making the rounds in Brunswick County and across the state.

“Dozens of people” have reported receiving a call from someone identifying himself or herself as a representative of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office. The caller reportedly tells people they have missed jury duty and–to avoid jail time–they are to pay $950 via preloaded money card or debit card.

“Keep in mind, the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office does not alert anyone by phone to advise that they have missed jury duty, nor do we ask anyone to provide payment via a loadable Green Dot Card or any other prepay method,” Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

The calls are reportedly originating from a (910) 465- exchange.

“People should not engage the caller,” Flax said. “Simply hang up, make a note of the number, and contact the sheriff’s office.”

Flax said the scam appears to be similar to a scam that was reported last fall out of Autry State Prison in Georgia.

For more information, or to report a scam, call the sheriff’s office at (910) 253-2777.