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Henry Co. Phone Scam

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Henry Co., VA - Henry County Officials want residents to be on alert for a possible phone scam. They say some citizens have gotten a phone call from someone claiming to be a Lieutenant with the Henry County Detention Center, or Police Department. Officials say, the scammer or scammers then claim they have a subpoena claiming that the person they are calling, or their spouse has missed jury duty and will be arrested if they do not pay a certain amount of money. When in doubt, call the Henry County Sheriff's Office at (276) 638-8751.

 

Official Press Release follows:

MEDIA RELEASE

January 18, 2014

Scam/Fraud Alert

The Henry County Sheriff's Office was notified by several concerned citizens about a possible scam they had received by phone. In this scam the citizens claimed they are contacted by a person claiming to be Lt. Shephard with the Henry County Detention CenterPolice Station or Police Office.  This person then threatens that they have a subpoena claiming that you or your wife has missed jury duty and that you will be arrested if you don't pay a certain amount of money. They have told these citizens to meet them at Walgreens, CVS and Wal-Mart with the money to rectify this situation.

We want to assure the public from all law enforcement agencies, local, state, and federal, that we do not call and ask for money in lieu of being arrested.  If a legitimate criminal infraction occurs, a paper will be issued and the person will be brought before the respective court. In legitimate court and enforcement proceedings, once a warrant or indictment is issued, a person is not called and allowed to bargain for the charge to be dismissed or delayed.

 Please use this as a warning that you should never answer any mail, phone calls or emails thatyou did not request, or that ask you for any kind of personal information or money of any type whether its cash or pre-paid money cards!  If you have a question about mail, phone calls or emails that you receive that appears to be some type of scam or fraud please call the Henry County Sheriff's Office. The Henry County Sheriff's Office is currently investigating this scam and we thank the citizens who brought this to our attention, they were very sharp in realizing that this may not be legitimate and hopefully will keep someone else from becoming a victim.

 If anyone has any information on any crime, contact the Henry County Sheriff's Office at (276) 638-8751 or Crime Stoppers at (276) 632-7463. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1000 for information on crimes. You may remain anonymous.

                                 

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