Don’t fall for this scam

VIRGINIA BEACH — The Sheriff’s Office here is warning the public about a possible scam that recently surfaced.

“In the last day, we have received at least 10 phone calls from people in the community who have been contacted by individuals posing as members of the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office,” according to a Facebook post by the Sheriff’s Office. “The caller says that the person has missed a court date and needs to meet with an investigator to avoid arrest.”

Sheriff’s officials said “the calls are not coming from us and we encourage anyone who receives one to hang up.”

The Sheriff’s Office will “never ask for money,” including prepaid cards. They strongly advise residents to never meet “with anyone who claims to be from law enforcement at any location other than an official police or sheriff’s office building.”

Here are the official addresses of area law enforcement:

  • Virginia Beach Police Department Detective Bureau – 2509 Princess Anne Road
  • Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office – 2501 James Madison Blvd.

“While we’re unsure what these callers’ aim is, we anticipate that it is to scam people out of money and/or could put people in danger of becoming robbery victims,” said Kathy Hieatt, spokeswoman for the Sheriff’s Office.

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John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.