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Posted on: July 13, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Sheriff's Office warns residents about aggressive phone scam targeting Hampton, area citizens


July 13, 2018 - Hampton's Sheriff's Office is warning residents about an "aggressive phone scam targeting Hampton and surrounding citizens."

According to the Sheriff's Office, "the caller falsely identifies himself as Sergeant Sullivan of the Hampton Sheriff's Department and is insistent that there are warrants out for his victim's arrest because of a missed jury date. To avoid arrest they request immediate payment with the purchase of money cards to pay fines in excess of $1,000. They have even made pleas to meet victims personally ... to finalize the transaction and satisfy the arrest warrant."

The Sheriff's Office said "this call is a scam!" 

The collection of fines will never be requested over the telephone. If you get this call, don't give out any information and never meet anyone seeking to collect funds to avoid arrest.

Residents are encouraged to call the Sheriff's Office at 757-727-6280 or 757-926-2540 for more information, or to call Hampton Police at 757-6111 to report a loss resulting from this scam.

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