VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Virginia Beach police are warning the public about a phone scam claiming to be collecting payments for missed jury duty.
Virginia Beach Police Economic Crime Detectives have recently taken a number of reports from citizens who had been scammed over the phone. There were also reports from
Each victim had the same experience: a caller claiming to be an “officer” says there is a warrant for the victim’s arrest because he or she missed jury duty. But, the victim can avoid arrest by buying a “Green Dot” card from a local store and giving the authorization number to the “officer,” who can then withdraw the money from the account.
Virginia Beach Police would like to remind the public that officers would never threaten arrest in lieu of providing payment. Citizens should be suspicious of requests for money over the phone. You should never provide your bank or credit card account numbers to any caller, regardless of the reason.
Anyone with information regarding this crime is encouraged to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP (1-888-562-5887).