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Richmond police warn folks not to fall for this scam

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Posted at 11:48 AM, Dec 15, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-15 11:48:29-05

RICHMOND, Va. — Richmond Police detectives are warning citizens about a scam in which callers are posing as employees of the Sheriff’s Office.

Over the past month, detectives said they have been alerted to numerous occurrences of this scam.

The scam works like so: An individual receives a call from someone stating they are with the Sheriff’s Office. who calls claiming there are warrants for that person’s arrest. The caller then asks the person to obtain gift cards for specific dollar amounts and provide the card numbers for payment in order to clear the warrants.

The caller claims there are warrants for that person’s arrest. The caller then asks the person to obtain gift cards for specific dollar amounts and to provide the card numbers for payment in order to clear the warrants.

“No employee of the Sheriff’s Office – in Richmond or elsewhere – will ever call you requesting payment,” said Major Crimes Detective David Cuffley. “If you receive a call from someone asking for money in any form and you suspect it to be a scam, please alert your local police department.”

Of the reports made to the Richmond Police Department, none of the individuals contacted provided any money to the callers who contacted them.

Anyone who believes they have been the victim of this or any other scam is asked to call the Richmond Police non-emergency line at 646-5100 to file a police report.