Richmond Police warn public about callers posing as Sheriff Office employees

Published: Dec. 15, 2015 at 5:16 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 25, 2015 at 5:16 PM EST
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Richmond Police detectives are warning citizens about a scam in which callers are posing as employees of the Sheriff's Office.

According to Richmond Police, an individual receives a call from someone stating they are with the Sheriff's Office. The caller claims there are warrants for that person's arrest. The caller then asks the person to obtain gift cards for specific dollar amounts and provide the card numbers for payment in order to clear the warrants.

"No employee of the Sheriff's Office, in Richmond or elsewhere, will ever call you requesting payment," said Major Crimes Detective David Cuffley.

The Richmond Police Department has received numerous occurrences of this scam over the past month. Of the reports made, none of the individuals contacted provided any money to the callers who contacted them.

"If you receive a call from someone asking for money in any form and you suspect it to be a scam, please alert your local police department."

If you believe you may have been a victim of this or any other scam, call the Richmond Police non-emergency line at 646-5100.

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