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Aug 01

Jury Duty Scam Resurfaces in Newport News

Posted on August 1, 2017 at 9:30 AM by Communications Department

The Newport News Sheriff’s Office is once again warning residents about a jury duty scam that was first reported earlier this year. Recently, a Newport News woman received a call informing her that she missed jury duty and requested herJury Scam_SC to pay $900 in fines to avoid being arrested. The caller, who used a number that shows up in Caller ID as Newport News Sheriff’s Office, told the woman to send money using a “green dot” prepaid credit card.

The Sheriff’s Office reminds residents of the following
• No one from the Newport News Sheriff’s Office will ever call to threaten arrest or demand money for missing jury duty.
• All communication about jury duty is done through the mail.
• Report phone calls received like this to the authorities by calling 757- 926-8535.
• Never send money or give out personal information during unsolicited phone calls.

For more information and to learn how to file complaints visit the Virginia Attorney General’s Office, Consumer Protection Division.