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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 https://norfolk-sheriff.com/jobs/hiring-open-house.

 

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Be Alert! Business Owners Targeted in Dominion Energy Scam

1200px Dominion Energy logoThe Consumer Protection Unit (CPU) at the Norfolk Sheriff's Office received a call from a business owner reporting that his business had been contacted from a spoofed number.

The caller stated to the business owner that his name was Oscar Hernandez and that he was with Dominion Power. In the background was sound similar to that of a busy office which lent an air of authenticity to the call. The caller stated that the business owner had 20 minutes to pay his utility bill or the power to his business would be cut off.

The caller stated that several power bills sent to the business had gone unpaid. This made it obvious to the business owner that the caller was attempting to scam the business since the owner was very diligent in making his payments.

The business owner was told to call 1-800-860-0458 and choose option 2 for payment information. After disconnecting from the call, the owner reported the incident to us.

Tip: ALWAYS be suspicious of callers who demand immediate payment for any reason.

The CPU has passed this information on to Dominion Energy, but we also wanted to put out an urgent alert to other business owners in Norfolk that such a spoofing attempt was taking place.

If you've received a call like this, please please contact the Norfolk Sheriff's Office's Consumer Protection Unit to file a report.

File a Fraud Report

 

Norfolk Residents Targeted in GreenDot MoneyPak Scam Using NSO Employee Names

green dot cardThe Norfolk Sheriff's Office has been notified that a Norfolk resident was recently swindled out of thousands of dollars in a Green Dot MoneyPak Card scam. The resident was told that she failed to appear at a trial during which she was supposed to be a witness. The victim stated the number on the Caller ID returned to the main number for the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office and the caller mentioned the names of several Norfolk Sheriff’s Office personnel during the conversation. The caller stated the victim owed multiple fines for failing to appear in court and was instructed to use a GreenDot MoneyPak card to send the money to the Sheriff’s Office or she would be arrested.

THIS IS A SCAM.

As a reminder, the Norfolk Sheriff's Office will NEVER call asking for money and will never utilize GreenDot MoneyPak cards as a form of payment.

Here are a few tips to help residents avoid falling victim to this scam:

• Be suspicious of callers who demand immediate payment for any reason.
• Never give card number and/or receipt information from your MoneyPak purchase to someone you don’t know or share that information by email or phone.
• Remember, government agencies will never contact you demanding immediate payment using a MoneyPak card.

ADDITONAL INFORMATION:

GreenDot MoneyPak cards themselves are legitimate products when used for the right purposes. Once purchased at a participating retailer with cash, consumers can use MoneyPaks to reload other prepaid cards, add money to a PayPal account without using a bank account, or make same-day payments to major companies. Because the cards can only be bought with cash, consumers never need to disclose their personal or financial information to a retail cashier or to make a payment. While many schemes still involve scammers asking for funds to be wired to them, MoneyPaks have the added benefit of the scammer not having to show up at an office to claim the funds. Anyone with the 14-digit number found on the back of the MoneyPak card can drain the card of funds. In all of these examples, the intended victims are instructed to buy a Green Dot MoneyPak cards, load the amount of the fine or other money owed onto the card and then provide the number on the back of the card to the scammers, who will then drain the funds from the card.

YOU’VE FALLEN VICTIM TO THE SCAM, NOW WHAT?

If a resident has fallen victim to this scam and sent money to the callers, they should call the Norfolk Police Department's Economic Crimes Division at 757-664-7018 to file a report. Additionally, please contact the Norfolk Sheriff's Office's Consumer Protection Unit to file a report.

File a Fraud Report

 



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