The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents of a scam.
Several people called the town police department on Thursday saying someone had called saying they were a Bedford County Sheriff’s Deputy and had a warrant for their arrest.
They caller said to avoid being arrested, the victim must get a green dot card and give the card number to the caller.
Scammers are also calling saying the victim missed jury duty.
The sheriff’s office wants to remind residents that officers will never call citizens to tell them that they can pay to avoid being arrested.
Here is the press release:
Today (February 1) the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office and Bedford Town Police Department received numerous calls from citizens reporting scam phone calls. The scammers are calling people and identifying themselves as Bedford County Sheriff deputies. Some scammers advise they have an arrest warrant for them and to avoid being arrested they must purchase a green dot card (prepaid card). After purchasing the card they are given a telephone number to call and give the scammer the number off the card. Other scammers advise the person that they missed jury duty and to avoid being arrested to follow the same procedure.
The public is advised that law enforcement officers never call citizens and advise them to avoid being arrested they must send money.