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NORFOLK, VA— The Norfolk Sheriff’s Office is warning residents about a new jury duty scam.

On Tuesday, January 8th two local residents received phone calls from someone impersonating a deputy. In one instance, the caller told a citizen they must pay an $800 fine for failure to show up to jury duty.

The caller warned the citizen that if they did not pay, they would be arrested. The caller requested the victim to pay via gift cards and demanded the victim stay on the phone as she purchased the cards.

This is a scam.

The Norfolk Sheriff’s Office will NEVER call a citizen for failure to report to jury duty. NSO deputies will NEVER ask for money over the phone. Jury duty notices are handled via mail or in a hand delivered summons.

If you receive a call similar to this, please notify the Norfolk Police Department Economic Crimes unit at (757) 664-7018

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