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Phone Scam Alert

January 20th, 2021 12:25 pm

The Louisa County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) is warning the public of a phone scam that’s taking place in our area.  The scammers contact potential victims utilizing a spoofed phone number that appears on caller ID as the phone number of the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office.

The caller is pretending to be a Louisa County Sheriff’s Office deputy and uses the name of an actual LCSO deputy or detective. The victim is told that they either have a warrant for their arrest on a charge, or they have failed to appear for court and are subject to arrest. The scammer then solicits money from the victim, telling them they can take care of the matter by payment.  Scammers are telling them to go to a bank and withdraw money to receive a pin to prove payment or provide checks, money orders or gift cards. 

The scammers were reported as stating that the victim must stay on the line and will not allow a call to the sheriff’s office or a call back, and that “deputies are on the way” if the intended victim does not comply.

The Louisa County Sheriff’s Office is reminding the public that law enforcement agencies and court systems never call and solicit payment. The sheriff’s office warns to never give personal information over the phone and to hang up if you receive such calls.