NORFOLK, Va., (WVEC) -- The Norfolk Sheriff's Office has received reports of a scam that uses a fake alias "Deputy Miller."

The sheriff's office said the scam involves "Deputy Miller" calling the victim and telling him or her that they have active warrants — and goes on to say he or she has a "contempt of court charge and a failure to appear charge out of federal court."

The scammer tells the victim the cost for each charge is $900 and tells him or her to send the money via Pay Pal or put it on a Visa prepaid card.

"She came to the booking door with $1,800 on cards upset and scared. She informed me she was called at her work and "Deputy Miller" verified her addresses (work and home) and asked her for her license plate number, which she gave due to her believing he was a ... deputy," according to a report.

"I verified ... she had no active warrants to relieve her stress, instructed her the importance of going to the POC to start a criminal file."

There have been similar reports of people being called by the scammer, PIO Karen Pinkston said.

The sheriff's office reminds citizens:

  • Correspondence regarding jury duty is always done through the mail
  • The Norfolk Sheriff’s Office will never call asking for money
  • Do not send money to anyone you do not know

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