NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WVEC) -- The Sheriff's Office is warning the public about a recent rise in a particular phone scam that is on the rise.

The "Jury Duty Scam" is when a scammer calls a citizen and tells them that he is a member of the Sheriff's Office and that that resident has missed jury duty. They then say that the resident will be arrested if they do not pay a fine.

The Sheriff's Office days that these calls are not real, and they hope no one will fall victim to these scammers.

Officials also suggest following these tips when dealing with phone scammers:

  • NO ONE from the Newport News Sheriff's Office will ever call and threaten arrest or demand money for missing jury duty.
  • Any communication made concerning jury duty will be handled through the mail.
  • Even if the caller is demanding a small fee, avoid the payment.
  • If you receive a similar call, hang up immediately and call the authorities.
  • Never give out any personal information over the phone.

If you have any information on these scammers, call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.