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Chesapeake police warn of latest phone scam

If you receive a call from this number that says they have a warrant or subpoena for you to appear in court, it isn't real.

CHESAPEAKE, Va. — Author's note: The video above is on file from a separate story that aired on May 7, 2021. 

If you've recently received a call from the Chesapeake Police Department's non-emergency phone number, it's probably a scam. 

On Sunday, the department wanted to alert the public that if they receive a call from the number, which is 757-382-6161, that says they have a warrant or subpoena to appear in court, it isn't real. 

The message then asks you to contact a different number for more information.

"The Chesapeake Police Department does not contact citizens for these purposes that would direct them to another phone number or website link," the department said in a statement. 

"The Chesapeake Police Department does not solicit citizens for monetary purposes to avoid arrest or detention."

If you receive this call or fall victim to another type of phone scam, there are steps you can take. These include filing reports with your local government and the federal government.

You can learn more about common types of fraud here.

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