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Douglas County Sheriff warns of phone scam
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Douglas County Sheriff warns of phone scam

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ga. -- The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is warning residents of a scam where a suspect tries to steal money over the phone.

The sheriff's office received seven reports from would-be victims on Jan. 1. In each case, the caller said the Douglas County resident had an active warrant for failing to appear for jury duty. To get rid of the warrant, the resident was asked to purchase a Green Dot prepaid debit card for $2,365.

So far, the sheriff's office has no record of anyone giving money to the caller. Similar scams have been reported in other jurisdictions across metro Atlanta.

"We at the Douglas County Sheriff's Office would never contact anyone on a matter pertaining to this," Sheriff's Lt. Glenn Daniel said in a release.

The suspect reportedly used the names Capt. Tim Pounds and Lt. William Lashley, and called from one of two phone numbers (770-558-5860 or 770-558-5278). The would-be victims said he was very intimidating and threatening.

Anyone who has received such a phone call is encouraged to contact Sheriff's Inv. Joe Williams at 678-486-1234.

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