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Hanover Sheriff’s Office warning of phone scam involving jury duty

Posted at 7:44 PM, Feb 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-23 20:00:53-05

HANOVER COUNTY, Va. -- The Hanover Sheriff’s Office is warning residents about a reoccurring phone scam in the county, where an unknown person is claiming that the citizen has missed jury duty.

The Sheriff’s Office said they responded to multiple phone scams Monday with someone claiming to be a representative with the Sheriff’s Office or some other law enforcement agency.

The unknown person claims that the citizen or a family member has missed jury duty and/or a civil court case and now owes immediate payment.

They then ask for residents to purchase a pre-paid credit card, from a local business, to avoid arrest.

“The unknown male sounded very convincing and seemed to know a lot about the victim, and the caller ID may have been altered to appear as a local phone number,” the Sheriff’s Office said in a press release.

The caller also warned victims that if they did not provide payment for missing jury duty or a civil court case they would be served with an arrest warrant.

Hanover Sheriff’s Office is also reminding residents they will never contact them and demand payment.

The Sheriff’s Office asks, if were a victim of this scam, contact the Sheriff’s Office immediately at 804-365-6140.