Phone scam targets Bedford County residents, deputies say

Lynchburg & Central Virginia News

BEDFORD COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office wants to warn residents of a phone scam. The scammer is targeting people stating they have failed to appear in court.

Deputies say that the scammer calls a potential victim stating they have missed court and a warrant has been issued for their arrest. The scammer goes on to tell the victim that they have to pay a fine of $5,050.00.

Authorities tell WFXR News that the scammer then tries to get the victim to buy MoneyPak or Green Dot cards from different retail stores. That criminal will then ask their victim to transfer the money or read the numbers off the card.

MoneyPak states on its website several examples of scams, how to spot them, and avoid them.

Deputies want to remind people that law enforcement will not call demanding money as the result of a warrant or to pay fines.

If you have lost money due to this scam, you are asked to call the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch at 540-586-7827. If you have been scammed and do not live in Bedford County, you are asked to contact your local law enforcement.

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