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County Police Issue Scam Alert

This morning a Gaston County resident received a call from a man claiming to be with the Gaston County Police Department. The caller told the resident that he was in contempt of court for failing to appear for Jury Duty. The caller threatened to send police to the resident's home to arrest them if they did not agree to pay their fines over the phone. The resident said that the caller sounded very official. This is not the correct legal process to serve a failure to appear.  This is a scam.  

The Gaston County Police Department does not take or demand payment over the telephone.  No law enforcement agency in Gaston County will contact a resident via the phone demanding payment.  Residents are reminded to never give financial information over the phone unless you can verify the legitimacy of the caller.

For additional information contact Capt. W. P. Downey at 704-866-3393 or