|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:||Media Contact: Jamie Bastas|
|August 25, 2022||
The Norfolk Sheriff’s Office Consumer Protection Unit was recently alerted to two different phone scams that we wanted to make you aware of.
The first is a scam in which the caller is identifying themselves as working for the Virginia Sheriff’s Association (VSA) and is asking for donations on behalf of the VSA. Deputy Imprevento of the NSO Consumer Protection Unit spoke with the Executive Director of the Virginia Sheriff’s Association who confirmed this is a scam. The Virginia Sheriff’s Association will never fundraise in this fashion.
The second scam we have been notified of is a different variation of a phone scam we have seen multiple times. The scammer, a male who is calling from 757-665-8062, is contacting citizens and telling them they missed a court date and must pay a fine of $3500 for failing to appear in court. In the past the caller has identified himself as Lt. Snyder with the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office. This time he identified himself as Lt. Reed with the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office. We do not have a Lieutenant Reed on staff at the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office and that number is not associated with our organization. Furthermore, when we called the number and confronted the man who answered the phone and identified himself as “Lt. Reed with the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office Administration Building”, he abruptly hung up. As a reminder, the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office will NEVER use a phone call to request money.
Please continue to remain vigilant about these scams and please don’t send any money to these callers. If you have been a victim of a scam or would like to report a scam, please report it the NSO Consumer Protection Unit at this link, https://norfolk-sheriff.com/fraudwatch.
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