A scam involving the Wilkes County Jail was reported to the Wilkes Sheriff’s Office last week.
A woman reported on Oct. 21 that her fiancé, who is in the jail on felony drug charges, and his father were scammed.
The woman stated that on Oct. 16, a correctional officer at the jail approached her fiancee, Koljuan Baldwin of High Point, to ask for the name of Baldwin’s father and contact information.
Major Jason Whitley, jail supervisor, said the correctional officer stated that a person claiming to be from N.C. Community Corrections had called requesting the information for an electronic monitoring ankle bracelet for Baldwin, which indicated he was going to be released from jail.
The woman stated that Baldwin gave the correctional officer the information and this was passed on to the person who called.
The woman said Baldwin’s father then received a call from someone claiming to be with community corrections who said the father needed to send a CashApp with $375.
She said the father did this and was told his son would be released within 72 hours. When he was not released, the woman started questioning what happened and called the sheriff’s office.
As a result of the incident, said Whitley, inmates at the jail are being made aware of the potential for these types of scams.