Waynesboro The Augusta County Sheriff's Office says a scam starting in Arlington, has made its way into the Valley.
People have reported getting a phone call from someone claiming to be a Lieutenant with the Sheriff's Office. Each time, the victim is accused of failing to appear for jury duty and a warrant for their arrest will be issued unless a fine is paid, ranging from $150 to $350.
Release from the Augusta County Sheriff's Office
The Augusta County Sheriff's Office is warning the public about the latest telephone scam targeting area residents. This scam was first reported in Arlington County, Virginia on February 24, 2014 and has spread to the Valley.
Area residents have reported receiving a phone call from an individual claiming to be a Lieutenant with the Sheriff's Office. Each time, the victim is accused of failing to appear for jury duty and a warrant for their arrest will be issued unless a fine is paid immediately via a moneypak card. The amount of the fictitious fine has ranged from $150-$350.
Our office does not telephonically contact jurors or potential jurors and we do not collect fines. If you receive a call of this nature, immediately hang up with the caller and verify the claim by calling the Augusta County Sheriff's Office at 540-245-5333. Never use a phone number provided to you from the caller to verify their credibility.
After making a verification call, if you find that you were a victim of a scam please ask to speak to a deputy and file a report.