Norfolk Sheriff’s Office warns of jury duty scam

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NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY)- The Norfolk Sheriff’s Office said scammers are targeting people in a new jury duty scam.  Deputies said three people reported receiving the bogus calls March 6 from somoene who said they worked as a major with the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office.

One caller complained the caller threatened to arrest him or her and demanded $3,000 in gift cards for failure to show up for federal jury duty. The complainant reported the person calling even used the name of a real sheriff’s office major and real phone number.

Sheriff’s office representatives said this is a scam and the agency never falls jurors or asks for money by phone.  All notices from the sheriff’s office are served in person or through regular mail. 

If you receive a call similar to this, notify the Norfolk Police Department Economic Crimes unit at (757) 664-7018.

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