Campbell County Sheriff’s Office: Be alert for increasing phone scams

Lynchburg & Central Virginia News

RUSTBURG, Va. (WFXR) – Deputies with the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office is sending an alert to residents about a phone scam that is circulating around the area.

They say the scam involved a caller who poses as local law enforcement and threatens the resident by saying there are legal issues pending for the recipient, which must be taken care of.

Calls originate from the the number (434) 266-0197; however, call-back numbers vary.

The department says that calls appear to be legitimate, even referencing staff member names that are currently with the department.

The Campbell County Sheriff’s Department is reminding citizens that law enforcement is not likely to call you about any kind of criminal matter that you may allegedly be involved with and would never request any money over the phone in the form of credit cards, gift cards or any other matter of payment in an attempt to reduce criminal charges.

Further information that the department is reminding citizens about include:

  • The Campbell County Sheriff’s Office or any other legitimate law enforcement agency does not call community members threatening to arrest you over the phone or requesting money for outstanding traffic citations or warrants.
  • Never share any personal information such as birth dates, social security numbers or bank account details.
  • Sometimes scams such as these will include spoofing a legitimate law enforcement agency phone number and using a real name of a law enforcement officer in an attempt to gain the trust of the victim.
  • Many scammers have done research on the people they are calling. So they will have some level of advanced intel that is likely from open-source information or social media.

If you do receive a call like this, it is recommended that you hang up the phone immediately and contact your local law enforcement agency to report the fraud as soon as possible. They say you should also warn family and friends about the scam so, they too, can be on high alert.

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