Scam call appears to come from Rockingham County Sheriff's Office

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AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) — A local man is warning others in the area after he got a call that seemed to be from the Rockingham County Sheriff's Office.

Bruce Bosselman said he received the call on Friday afternoon. Bosselman is a real estate agent, so he often has to answer calls from numbers he does not recognize.

Bosselman said the caller identified himself as a member of the sheriff's office saying Bosselman had missed jury duty and now had to pay a $1,500 fine.

Bosselman said he had a hard time hearing the caller and so someone else called him from a different number. That number came up as the number for RCSO.

Bosselman said he was suspicious about the call, but did not want to ignore a law enforcement officer.

"It was a call from the sheriff's office and I was afraid to say...I'm ending this. I was afraid they were gonna show up at my house and arrest me," Bosselman said.

Bosselman did not lose any money, but he's worried other people may fall for the scam, especially since it looks like it is coming from the sheriff's office.

"This seems so believable in the beginning, that somebody could easily get taken by this. If they, if I hadn't gone to the sheriff's office, I would have followed through," Bosselman said.

Rockingham County Sheriff Bryan Hutcheson said they've had calls like this before, where it looks like the number is coming from someone it is not.

Hutcheson said the best thing you can do is to keep the call short. He said the longer you stay on the line, the longer it gives the scammer to convince someone to send money.

If you receive a scam call about anything you're not sure about, Hutcheson said to get the person's name, their reason for calling and a phone number. He said to tell the caller you'll give them a call back, and then call someone to verify the information.

Hutcheson said law enforcement officers would not be threatening someone over the phone and if they need to meet with you on official business, they'll serve you with papers.