Scammers are working the phones again and have targeted at least one person in Stafford County, Virginia.
On Monday, one resident got a voicemail from a Stafford “deputy” who accused her of pending charges, according to the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office.
The would-be victim was then told to buy gift cards totaling $1,000 to pay for court costs.
“The victim informed her husband of the voicemail, and he reported his suspicions to the sheriff’s office,” they said in a statement.
The sheriff’s office reminds residents to be wary of such calls — even if caller ID shows the name and phone number of the agency, or if the caller identifies as someone in the agency. Demanding a gift card is another sign of a scam.
Law enforcement agencies do not call asking for money, they said.
If you believe you’re a victim of such a scam, call the sheriff’s office at (540) 658-4400.
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