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Fayetteville police seeking man who targets elderly with phone scam

Posted July 2

— Fayetteville police were seeking the public's help Wednesday to find a man who has been targeting senior citizens via phone scam. 

According to investigators, the unidentified man has been calling people, identifying himself as a deputy with the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office and telling them that they have failed to appear for a grand jury summons. The man tells senior citizens they could face arrest unless they pay a penalty, and then provides specific instructions on when and where to deliver payment. 

The man has called people from 910-234-0935. 

Anyone who may have been contacted should call the Fayetteville Police Department's Fraud Unit at 910-433-1856. 

Anyone who has information about the identity of the man should call Fayetteville Crime Stoppers at 910-483-8477. 

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  • "Screen Name-8/20" Jul 2, 5:35 p.m.

    Jurors can be fined in real instances but I don't think arrest is typical. Also I believe you... View More

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    Once in a blue moon, the law comes right to your door, but yeah - no one ever calls from a court of law about this particular subject by phone.

  • carrboroyouth Jul 2, 3:32 p.m.

    Jurors can be fined in real instances but I don't think arrest is typical. Also I believe you are mailed a letter telling you that you have missed a court date, not called.

  • Glock07 Jul 2, 3:14 p.m.

    I'd like to target anyone that targets the elderly.

  • sunshine1040 Jul 2, 10:05 a.m.

    Better yet keep your license up to date and your voter info current then when you get summons follow the info on the card tells you who to call write or see if you cannot do jury duty otherwise show up on time.

  • sinenomine Jul 2, 9:24 a.m.

    This story would be much more helpful to WRAL's audience if it contained information regarding the actual procedure which is followed when one fails to appear in response to a jury summons.