New Hanover Sheriff’s Office Warns of “Bail Scam”

Sheriff’s Detectives are currently investigating fraudulent activity that is the result of a recent scam and is warning of it occurrence in New Hanover County.

SCAM: The victim was contacted by a male, claiming to be associated with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, and told he had arrested a employee of the victim’s but would not release the arrestee’s name, citing a HIPAA violation. The victim provided the name of a current employee and the suspect confirmed that was the person who had been arrested. The victim was requested to wire bail money in the amount of $600 to Orlando Florida – the money was claimed immediately.

INFORMATION: The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office is not involved with the attempt to collect or request bail money. These transactions are handled directly by the arrestee or through a bail bonds company. The arrest of anyone is public information and may be provided by law enforcement without violating the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

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Sheriff's Office: 3950 Juvenile Center Road • Castle Hayne, NC 28429 • Phone 910-798-4200 • Fax 910-798-4212
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