Bedford Police warn of scam calls about loved ones being arrested

Lynchburg & Central Virginia News
Scammers are at it again, posing as law enforcement to deceive people with fake jury duty and warrant demands.

BEDFORD, Va. (WFXR) — Police in Bedford have issued a scam alert following reports about scam callers claiming they have arrested a loved one and demanding money in exchange for their release.

According to the Bedford Police Department, citizens have reported receiving phone calls that a loved one — such as a son, daughter, grandchild, etc. — has been arrested and is being held at 1000 Broad Street.

Afterward, the caller reportedly encourages you to pay them in order to release your loved one. In addition, police say the caller may let you speak to your loved one, but that is reportedly part of the scam.

The department says Bedford officers would never call you to notify you about an arrest, nor would they ask for money for a person’s release.

If you have any concerns about a phone call, you are advised to hang up.

However, if you want to find out whether or not a loved one was actually arrested, police say to call the Blue Ridge Jail Authority at (540) 587-9282.

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