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

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Charlotte Gomer, OAG
(804) 786-1022 desk
(804) 512-2552 mobile
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PRICE GOUGING PROTECTIONS IN EFFECT AS STATE OF EMERGENCY DECLARED OVER CORONAVIRUS
~ 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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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  
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.

NSO warns of new jury duty scam

NORFOLK, VA— The Norfolk Sheriff’s Office is warning residents about a new jury duty scam.

On Tuesday, January 8th two local residents received phone calls from someone impersonating a deputy. In one instance, the caller told a citizen they must pay an $800 fine for failure to show up to 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 she purchased the cards.

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.

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

AG Herring and Sheriff Baron warn of active DirecTV Scam

Attorney General Mark R. Herring and Norfolk Sheriff Joe Baron are warning Hampton Roads residents about an active scam in the area in which scammers purporting to sell DirecTV subscriptions are conning people, including area seniors, into sending prepaid cash cards purchased from convenience or drug stores, such as GreenDot or MoneyPak cards. 

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