FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office says several Franklin County residents have received calls from a scammer notifying they have missed jury duty.
According the the sheriff’s office, the scammer then says there is a monetary fine for missing jury duty and tries to extort money from the resident. The scammer will ask the resident to buy gift cards, call back, and give the scammer the serial number of the gift cards.
The scammer claims to be a part of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office by using what appears to be a local number. In reality, it is a spoofed number from outside the area.
“Please guard against being a victim of scammers,” Sheriff Bill Overton said. “Don’t fall for the tricks of paying money through gift cards and such. Don’t call them back on the numbers they provide you, just hang up. Search the phone number yourself and call the agency the scammer is claiming to represent if you have any doubt of the call being legit.”
The sheriff’s office asks residents to remember: no government agency will call you and ask you to purchase gift cards or send money to settle an issue with the agency or with your account.
If you have any information about this scam, call the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office at (540) 483-3000.