Deputies: Jury duty fines are a scam

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The Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office recently sent out a tweet reminding people to be wary of a jury duty scam circulating the area.

Scammers pretending to be deputies from the sheriff’s office are calling people and accusing them of missing jury duty. They threaten to make an arrest if the victim doesn’t pay a fine over the phone or via a pre-paid visa like Green Dot, said sheriff’s office spokeswoman Kathy Hieatt.

“That’s just not how jury duty works,” Hieatt said.

If a person really misses jury duty he or she will receive a notice from the court and there could be repercussions – but those will be handed down by a judge, Hieatt said.

“No law enforcement organization would call and demand payment over the phone… for missed jury duty,” she added.

If a scammer calls you, Hieatt suggests getting as much information as possible about the caller’s identity and reporting it to local authorities. For scams happening in Virginia Beach, call 757-385-4746, or report them to the Federal Bureau of Investigation at www.IC3.gov.

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Adrienne Mayfield is an award-winning, multi-media journalist hailing from Clermont, Fla. She moved to Lynchburg, Va. on a whim when she was 19, and worked her way to Hampton Roads in 2013. Adrienne is passionate about telling people stories via covering public safety and the judicial system. She isn’t afraid to take a heads-on approach to covering crime, including knocking on doors to get the details police aren’t sharing. Adrienne is a 2014 Old Dominion University graduate who still lives within walking distance of the college. You may see her cruising around Downtown Norfolk on her bike, enjoying a sandwich from Grilled Cheese Bistro or playing fetch with her dog, Greta, at the Colonial Place dog park.