Thomasville Times Enterprise

May 14, 2014


Patti Dozier

THOMASVILLE — Scammers are out in full force, with the court system, law enforcement and individuals being victimized.

Thomas County Sheriff Carlton Powell said the public should be aware of a scam involving his office and the court system.

On more than eight occasions, a man identifying himself as the clerk of Superior Court and another as a U.S. marshal have called local citizens.

“They have called potential victims saying there was a fine they need to pay for contempt of court,” Powell said.

The caller tells victims to report to the courthouse with a prepaid cash card to pay the fine.

The sheriff said the Thomas County Courthouse administrative staff does call about jury summons, but will never demand payment or ask for personal financial information.

“The Thomas County Sheriff’s Office does not contact anyone by phone directing them to put money on an account to pay a bond,” Powell explained.

Deputies hand-deliver subpoenas and other documents.

Jury notices are delivered by mail, the sheriff added.

On the city side, Thomasville police warn citizens about sending money to scammers via prepaid cash cards.

”People are receiving phone calls from scammers saying they missed jury duty, and they must pay a fine,” said Lt. Eric Hampton, Thomasville Police Department public information officer.

One citizen sent $2,800 to scammers, Hampton said.

“This is a scam, and no one would be asked to send money to a legitimate court,” Hampton said.

Police should be notified by anyone receiving one of the calls, the officer said, and never send money on a prepaid cash card or by any other method.

Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1820.