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SCAM ALERT! Virginia residents getting scam calls from VSP “Trooper” or "Lieutenant."

state police logoVirginia State Police reports that fraudulent telephone scams involving police impersonation are on the rise again! 

The scammer has "spoofed" a legitimate VSP phone number with a 276 area code to appear credible.

Please hang up on this person & see the tips below on what law enforcement DOESN'T do...

Phone Scam Alert!

- Caller is very convincing & claims to be a police officer/investigator/trooper or reaches you on Whatsapp.
- Caller ID shows valid Virginia State Police phone #.
- Scammer falsely claims your identity has been stolen or you have a warrant for arrest & you need to send $$ ASAP for the charges to be cleared.
- Scammer asks for $$ to be transferred or wired to an account OR asks you to buy/send gift cards.

- Law enforcement never contacts citizens by phone to request payment OR to clear arrest warrants.
- Law enforcement never requests payment by/with gift cards.
- Caller ID is not always accurate - easy to spoof a number.
- NEVER provide a credit card # or account information over the phone.
- Report telephone scams to the Federal Trade Commission at

SCAM WARNING! Once again, someone posing as a Norfolk Sheriff's Office employee is targeting residents

ScamAlertThe Norfolk Sheriff's Office has again received reports from residents who have recently gotten a phone call and/or message from someone claiming to be from the Norfolk Sheriff's Office.

This time, the caller used the name "Sgt. Gill," and as in previous incidents, informed 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 risk being jailed.


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.

In this instance, when we attempted to call the number which showed up in caller ID, we got a message that the number was "no longer available." This could also indicate that the number which showed up in caller ID had been "spoofed."

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.


Norfolk Sheriff’s Office Hosts Hiring Event


 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:   Media Contact: Jamie Bastas
 March 18, 2022
(757) 589-5692
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On Saturday, March 26, 2022 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office will host a hiring event for the position of Deputy Sheriff Recruit. The event will be held at the Norfolk Sheriff’s Administration Building located at 140 East Street Norfolk, VA 23510.

Deputy Sheriff Recruit applicants must be 18 years or older, have a valid driver’s license, and either a high school diploma or GED.  During the Open House, both the physical agility test (PAT) and the written exam will be administered. Applicants planning to attend are asked to dress in PT gear and wear a mask covering the mouth and nose.

Parking is available at the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office Administration Building. For additional information and directions, please visit


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