Sheriff’s Office: Phone scams in York County largely targeting elderly

File photo of a York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office vehicle. (WAVY Photo).

YORK COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) — Recent phone scams reported in York County are asking for payments in the form of gift cards and area largely targeting elderly citizens, authorities say.

The York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office says in the of the scams, callers claiming to be from a law enforcement agency say you either have a warrant or missed jury duty. The callers then ask that you pay a fine over the phone using gift cards.

The Sheriff’s Office says the second scam “plays on the emotions of elderly people.” A caller claims to have kidnapped someone’s relative or that they have them in jail in a foreign country.

The scammers then reportedly ask for thousands of dollars over the phone using gift cards as payment. Authorities say one victim this week sent thousands over dollars because she thought her grandchild was in prison.

Authorities are urging residents to not let their parents or grandparents fall victim to the scams.