Henry Co. authorities warn residents of scam calls

 Henry Co. authorities warn residents of scam calls

HENRY COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ) – The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents about a scam in which the caller claims to be an officer with the department.

Authorities said it may appear to be a legitimate phone call by displaying “Henry County Sheriff’s Office” and a local number on the caller ID. The scammer may attempt to obtain personal information or money by falsely claiming that the person’s identity has been stolen, that they have current criminal charges or warrants pending, that the person has a family member who has been arrested or that they have missed jury duty.

The scammer will tell the would-be victim they need to send money immediately in order to clear the issue. They may demand payment with verbal threats and intimidation, the sheriff’s office said. Most often, the scammers will request money to be transferred or wired into an account, but they may also ask for payment in the form of gift cards.

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