(Courtesy of the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office)
NORFOLK — The Norfolk Sheriff’s Office is warning residents not to fall for the “Green Dot” scam.
Residents in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake and Suffolk have reported getting calls from scammers pretending to be members of law enforcement. The scammers claim that they are calling because there are arrest warrants out for the victim or the victim has missed jury duty, according to the NSO.
To avoid arrest, the scammers tell the victim to send them money through a Green Dot card, which is a prepaid card that can be purchased at grocery and drug stores.
Last weekend a scammer tried to swindle money out of a Norfolk resident. They called the resident and claimed that there were two outstanding warrants out for his arrest. The scammer wouldn’t identify themselves or the office they were calling from, according to the NSO.
The NSO wants to remind residents that it will never call them asking for money, and that jury duty correspondences will happen through the mail.
If you think you’ve been scammed, call the Norfolk Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.
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