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Scammers posing as New Kent County Sheriff's Office call resident, demand money

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NEW KENT, VA (WWBT) -

Authorities with the New Kent County Sheriff's Office say scam artists called a resident and demanded they pay them hundreds of dollars. This isn't your typical phone scam - these people are posing as members of the Sheriff's Office, even going so far as to use modern technology to make the office phone number pop up in your caller ID.

On Monday, the sheriff's office received word that a man received a suspicious call from its office. The victim told authorities the person who called him said there was a warrant out for his arrest.

When he asked what the warrant was for, he wasn't given a clear answer, but was told he could make the warrant go away by dialing another number and paying $900. 

Luckily, the victim hung up the phone and did not pay the requested money. 

The scammers spoofed their number - the victim's caller ID showed the Sheriff's Office non-emergency number.

Chief Deputy Joe McLaughlin said the department does not make these types of calls, and it was not the sheriff's office.

Neighbors were shocked to hear about the scam. 

"It's crazy that people would actually want to do that and try to take money from people and use the New Kent Sheriff's Office to actually do that," said Joey Bailey.

"It's happening everywhere else, why not here? I mean, you hear about it all the time, why not here? You got people scamming all over, why not New Kent or any other small town," said Lisa Holmes.

Bailey says he plans to be even more careful when giving out his personal information and asks others to do the same. 

"Anything with a credit card, even if it is the sheriff's department, make sure it is the real thing, the real deal," said Bailey.

If you or anyone that you know experiences any type of scam of this nature, you are asked to call the local authorities at 966-9500.

The New Kent County Sheriff's office is still investigating the incident. So far, it's only had one reported case of this scam, but it's encouraging everyone to be aware and call them if they are impacted.

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