Galax Police advise citizens of a scam involving paying a penalty for missing jury duty

New River Valley News

GALAX, Va. (WFXR) – Police in Galax are sending word out to citizens about a scam that’s been circulating around town.

The scam involves contacting citizens telling them they missed jury duty and requesting they buy a prepaid gift card to pay the fine – or in these cases, “bail.”

The department says you will never be asked to purchase a prepaid gift card. Nor should you ever give someone the numbers off of that gift card over the phone.

They say that scammers often make their phone number appear to be legitimate when in fact, it isn’t. This is referred to as “spoofing.”

Galax Police also say they will never tell citizens to avoid coming to the police department when they have a warrant out for them.

There are other tips that the department offers to identify scammers like this which can be found in the Facebook post below.

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