Hanover Sheriff's Office warns residents of jury phone scam

Published: Feb. 23, 2016 at 5:12 PM EST|Updated: Mar. 4, 2016 at 5:46 PM EST
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A phone scam is reoccurring in Hanover where an unknown person or group is phoning residents claiming to be a representative with the Sheriff's Office.

"The unknown sounded very convincing and seemed to know a lot about the victim, and the caller ID may have been altered to appear as a local phone number," the Hanover Sheriff's Office said in a news release.

The scam artist claims that the resident has missed jury duty or a civil court case and now owes an immediate payment.

The scammer also asks for residents to purchase pre-paid credit cards from a local business to avoid arrest.

"Criminals will prey on unsuspecting citizens and attempt to legitimize their call by saying they are a deputy with the Sheriff's office or even spoofing our telephone number," the Hanover Sheriff's Office. "We want our citizens to know that the Hanover Sheriff's Office will never call them about missed jury duty or missed court cases."

If you are a victim of a recent scam related to claims that you have missed jury duty or a civil court case, contact the Sheriff's Office at (804) 365-6140.

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