Police warn about phone scams in Elizabeth City

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (WAVY) – The Elizabeth City Police Department is warning the public of tax collector and jury duty scams.

According to police, dozens have reported about the call coming in.

The following are tips from police so you can protect yourself:

  • Legitimate government agencies like the IRS would never demand that you pay taxes using iTunes gift cards, money orders, or wire transfers.
  • If you get one of these IRS scam calls, please report it to the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division by calling 1-877-5-NO-SCAM or by filing a complaint online at ncdoj.gov. Please report:
    -The number the call appears to come from (the number that shows on your Caller ID).
    -The number you’re told to call to pay taxes or fines.
  • Real notices for jury duty arrive by mail.
  • Legitimate public officials won’t call to threaten you with arrest if you don’t show up for jury duty or fail to pay a fine immediately.
  • Hang up on jury duty scammers and other crooks who try to trick you out of your hard-earned money.
  • If you get one of these calls, report it to your local police department and file a complaint with the Attorney General’s Office by calling 1-877-5-NO-SCAM or completing the form online at www.ncdoj.gov.