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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.

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