SCAM WARNING! Someone posing as a Norfolk Sheriff's Office employee is trying to cheat you

The Norfolk Sheriff's Office has received multiple phone calls from residents who have recently received a phone call and/or message from someone claiming to be from the Norfolk Sheriff's Office. The person, who has reportedly used the name Sgt. Mike Johnson, is informing residents that they have missed jury duty and have a warrant for their arrest. He continues by telling the citizen that they need to pay a fine or spend one day in jail.


As a reminder, the Norfolk Sheriff's Office will NEVER call asking for money and correspondence regarding jury duty is always done through the mail.

One phone number we know is being used to try and perpetrate this fraud is (757) 946-5424. If you call this number back, there is a recording that says: "You have reached the Norfolk Sheriff's Office." 

THIS NUMBER IS NOT AFFILIATED OR ASSOCIATED WITH THE NORFOLK SHERIFF'S OFFICE!  Its use has been reported to other law enforcement agencies who will assist us in the investigation of this fraud.

If you have fallen victim to this scam and sent money to the callers, please call the Norfolk Police Department's Economic Crimes Division to file a report.


FRAUD ALERT: Beware of COVID-19 Vaccination Fraud Attempts

fraud badgeThe Virginia Department of Health has been made aware of scam phone calls and emails attempting to convince the recipient to reveal sensitive information (such as your bank account information or SSN) or demanding some sort of payment in order to receive a vaccine.

Other scams may be designed to compel the recipient to open a malicious link or attachment in an email or text message allowing the fraudster to potentially access the recipient's private information on their smartphone or computer system.

Clever phishing emails and texts will look legitimate and will likely impersonate well-known and trusted entities. Never open any link or attachment from a source that you cannot clearly identify as being legitimate.

Warning signs:

  • Legitimate vaccine appointment invitation emails from will be sent from an official address similar to that which is already in use in Virginia Beach This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention through VAMS (Vaccine Administrative Management System) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If there is any question about the origin do not respond. 
  • You should never be asked to pay for a COVID-19 vaccine or for early access to it. Vaccines are free to all Norfolk residents.
  • The Health Department will never ask for your Social Security number, driver's license number, credit card number or bank information to receive a vaccine.
  • If you are attempting to schedule an appointment through a pharmacy or other private entity, you may be asked to provide health insurance information, but insurance is NOT required to receive the vaccine and it will not be charged. Only provide such information in person at the site. NOT over the phone to ANYONE.
  • Scammers may pose as legitimate businesses or organizations related to the distribution of the vaccine, including the Health Department, in an effort to steal your personal or financial information.


  • Before clicking on any links, ensure that any email you receive related to the vaccine is coming from a legitimate source before clicking links or opening attachments. You may also hover your mouse over links to see where they lead to ensure the URL is legitimate.
  • Be suspicious of anything that conveys a sense of urgency to click a link or provide information.
  • NEVER give out your personal information, including banking information, passwords, Social Security number, etc., over the phone or via email.

Questions about vetting may be directed to the Staff Attorney and OIC of the Consumer Protection Unit, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Do not hesitate to verify before responding.

FRAUD ALERT - Federal Agencies Warn of Emerging Fraud Schemes Related to COVID-19 Vaccines

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG), and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are warning the public about several emerging fraud schemes related to COVID-19 vaccines.

The FBI, HHS-OIG, and CMS have received complaints of scammers using the public’s interest in COVID-19 vaccines to obtain personally identifiable information (PII) and money through various schemes. We continue to work diligently with law enforcement partners and the private sector to identify cyber threats and fraud in all forms.

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FRAUD ALERT - 01/06: Sheriff Joseph P. Baron is warning residents not to fall for a new phone scam involving the Norfolk Sheriff's Office

A resident recently reported receiving a call from someone claiming to be an NSO lieutenant. The "lieutenant" claimed to have warrants for failing to appear in court. The caller told the resident she must post bond at the Norfolk Sheriff's Office, even masking the phone number of the incoming call to look like it came from an NSO phone line. The caller, threatening jail time if a fine wasn't paid immediately, use a common scam tactic of requiring the payment in the form of moneypaks or gift cards.
"Anytime a scammer uses my name or the name of the Norfolk Sheriff's Office to attempt to harm a local resident is deeply upsetting," Sheriff Joseph Baron said. "The Norfolk Sheriff's Office strives every day to make a positive difference, and we want our residents to trust their instincts and remember that we would never demand payment over the phone. I'm grateful this resident trusted her instinct and called to report the issue."
The Norfolk Sheriff's Office Consumer Protection Unit is investigating the incident. Please remember you can report any suspicious calls to the NSO CPU or to the NPD's Economic Crimes Division.

FRAUD ALERT - 12/8: NSO Consumer Protection Unit issues two new fraud watches:

1)      A Norfolk resident reported receiving a call from a foreign based call center stating that their Social Security number has been suspended and that they must pay a fine to remove the suspension. The CPU contacted the SSA Office of Inspector General who confirmed that that active investigations into similar reports are ongoing. Please remember, government agencies NEVER provide notifications or request money in this fashion. If you receive such a call or a text message ignore it and delete it. Do not engage with the caller. Report it immediately to our Consumer Protection Unit OIC Deputy Michael Imprevento at (757) 664-4344.

2)      Please be advised that scammers are attempting to solicit funds by falsely stating that the Norfolk Police Department is selling certain merchandise to the public. This usually comes in the form of a text message. This is false. Do not respond. If you get a text message or call of such nature please do not respond and report it to the NSO Consumer Protection Unit as well as the Economic Crimes Division of the Norfolk Police Department. No law enforcement agency will contact you in this way. The Norfolk Sheriff’s Office is not offering such merchandise either.  Please protect your private information and identity by NOT responding to such messages.

FRAUD ALERT! Local Businesses Targeted in Services Scam

The Norfolk Sheriff’s Office Consumer Protection Unit is issuing a Fraud Alert for local business owners reminding them to take caution and trust their gut when entering into contracts for their services.

Multiple business owners have contacted our Consumer Protection Unit to report being solicited to perform certain services by a less than honest customer.

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FBI Sees Rise in Fraud Schemes Related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

FBI logoScammers are leveraging the COVID-19 pandemic to steal your money, your personal information, or both. Don’t let them. Protect yourself and do your research before clicking on links purporting to provide information onthe virus; donating to a charity online or through social media; contributing to a crowdfunding campaign; purchasing products online; or giving up yourpersonal information in order to receive money or other benefits. The FBI advises you to be on the lookout for the following:

Fake CDC Emails. Watch out for emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or other organizations claiming to offer information on the virus. Do not click links or open attachments you do not recognize. Fraudsters can use links in emails to deliver malware toyour computer to steal personal information or to lock your computer and demand payment. Be wary of websites and apps claiming to track COVID-19 cases worldwide. Criminals are using malicious websites to infect and lock devices until payment is received.

Phishing Emails. Look out for phishing emails asking you to verify your personal information in order to receive an economic stimulus check from the government. While talk of economic stimulus checks has been in the news cycle, government agencies are not sending unsolicited emails seeking your private information in order to send you money. Phishing emails may also claim to be related to:

  • Charitable contributions
  • General financial relief
  • Airline carrier refunds
  • Fake cures and vaccines
  • Fake testing kits

Counterfeit Treatments or Equipment. Be cautious of anyone selling products that claim to prevent, treat, diagnose, or cure COVID-19. Be alert to counterfeit products such as sanitizing products and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including N95 respirator masks, goggles, full face shields, protective gowns, and gloves. More information on unapproved or counterfeit PPE can be found at You can also find information on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website,, and the Environmental Protection Agency website, Report counterfeit products at and tothe National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center at

If you are looking for accurate and up-to-date information on COVID-19, the CDC has posted extensive guidance and information that is updated frequently. The best sources for authoritative information onCOVID-19 are and You may also consult your primary care physician for guidance.

The FBI is reminding you to always use good cyber hygiene and security measures. By remembering thefollowing tips, you can protect yourself and help stop criminal activity:

  • Do not open attachments or click links within emails from senders you don’t recognize.
  • Do not provide your username, password, date of birth, social security number, financial data, orother personal information in response to an email or robocall.
  • Always verify the web address of legitimate websites and manually type them into your browser.
  • Check for misspellings or wrong domains within a link (for example, an address that should end in a”.gov” ends in ”.com” instead).

If you believe you are the victim of an Internet scam or cyber crime, or if you want to report suspicious activity, please visit the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at



Scam Warning From Sentara Healthcare

sentara logoSentara Warns Community of COVID-19 In-Home Testing Scam

A Virginia Beach resident notified Sentara this weekend of a scam involving a caller who claimed to represent Sentara and offered a home visit for coronavirus testing. The caller claiming to be with Sentara told the resident they may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, then asked to come to the resident’s home to conduct a test. To be clear, this caller has absolutely no association with Sentara. The resident was correctly suspicious, denied the request and contacted Sentara. We appreciate the warning and are sharing it with the communities we serve. We have also notified local authorities.

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Public Advisory: Telephone Scam Warning Regarding Virginia Courts

The Office of the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court of Virginia, the administrative office of the courts, is advising the public to be on alert for a phone scam that fakes or spoofs the name and telephone number of a Virginia court on the recipient's voicemail and/or caller ID. Callers claim to be representatives of a Virginia court, inquiring about the location of individuals, or demanding monies or personal information such as social security numbers or credit card numbers. Unless you have contacted the court to make a payment and requested that someone return the call, court personnel will not initiate a call with you to collect payments. Please be advised that Virginia courts never request credit card information or personal identifiers, such as social security numbers, by telephone.

Credit card payments should only be made in a court clerk’s office or through secure online applications, such as the Virginia Judiciary Online Payment System or the General District Online Case Information System, which are available on Virginia’s Judicial System website.

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Federal and State Officials Launch Virginia Coronavirus Fraud Task Force

DOJ LogoDepartment of Justice US Attorney‘s Office - Eastern District of Virginia

Friday, March 20, 2020

Federal and State Officials Launch Virginia Coronavirus Fraud Task Force

ROANKOE, Va. — In response to the increased threat of fraud presented by the Coronavirus, federal and Virginia state law enforcement leaders announced today the formation of the Virginia Coronavirus Fraud Task Force.

The Virginia Coronavirus Fraud Task Force is a joint federal and state partnership that will be led by Assistant United States Attorneys from both the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia, in partnership with experienced fraud investigators from the FBI and the Virginia State Police. The mission of the task force is to identify, investigate, and prosecute fraud related to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic in Virginia.

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Price gouging protections in effect as state of emergency declared over coronavirus


Contact: Charlotte Gomer, OAG
(804) 786-1022 desk
(804) 512-2552 mobile
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~ Anti-price gouging statute was activated upon Governor Northam’s declaration of state of emergency; covers items and services such as water, food, cleaning products, hand sanitizers, medicines, personal protective gear, and more ~
RICHMOND(March 12, 2020) – As public health concerns surrounding the coronavirus continue to grow, Governor Ralph Northam’s declaration of a state of emergency has triggered Virginia's anti-price gouging statutes designed to protect consumers from paying exorbitant prices for necessary goods and services during an emergency.
“When you’re trying to make sure that you and your family have all the necessities in order to protect yourselves against illness, the last thing you want to deal with is a scam or exorbitant price for a needed service or product. The sad reality is that there are unscrupulous folks out there who will take advantage of public health crises in order to make more money,” said Attorney General Herring. “Virginia law offers protections for folks who find themselves in need of things like medicines, cleaning products, hand sanitizers and other necessities during a public health crisis. I would encourage all Virginians to pay attention to any prices that seem too high, and contact my office as soon as possible if you think someone may be illegally overcharging for necessary goods or running a scam.”

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Norfolk Sheriff’s Office warns of jury duty scam

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January 15, 2018

Media Contact: Deanna LeBlanc
(757) 589-5692
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NORFOLK, VAThe Norfolk Sheriff’s Office is warning residents about a new jury duty scam. 

On Wednesday, March 6th at least three local residents received phone calls from someone claiming to be a Major with the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office. 

In one instance, the caller told a citizen they must pay a $3000 fine for failure to show up to federal jury duty. The caller warned the citizen that if they did not pay, they would be arrested. 

The caller requested the victim to pay via gift cards and demanded the victim stay on the phone as the cards were purchased. The caller provided real NSO phone numbers and used the name of a real NSO major. 

This is a scam. 

The Norfolk Sheriff’s Office will NEVER call a citizen for failure to report to jury duty. NSO deputies will NEVER ask for money over the phone. 

Jury duty notices are handled via mail or in a hand delivered summons by NSO deputies. 

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

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