Portsmouth police warn of phone scam

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PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) The Portsmouth Police Department issued a warning Friday about a recent telephone scam that detectives believe is far from over.

According to Detective Misty Holley, the department has taken a multiple reports from victims who said they received a call from a man identifying himself as a lieutenant with the police department.

The suspect told the victims he had a warrant for their arrest for missing jury duty and would need to pay a fee of around $500 or he would come to their home and arrest them. The suspect also asked for personal information, like debit/credit card numbers, pin numbers and social security numbers.

Holley said citizens should know the police department will never contact people by phone about missing jury duty or to request bank information or social security numbers.

So far, only a handful of reports have been filed, but detectives believe there will be more victims. The department is encouraging citizens who receive similar calls to write down the telephone number of the person who contacted them from their caller ID, and then contact police.

To report suspicious activity, call the police non-emergency line at 757-393-5300.

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