Rockingham County sheriff’s deputies are investigating a phone scam that’s targeting Shenandoah Valley residents.
Sheriff Bryan Hutcheson said about a half-dozen local residents reported receiving phone calls from a person identifying themselves as a sheriff’s deputy.
The person claims an arrest warrant has been issued for the person, but they can avoid arrest by paying a fine over the phone. It's unclear if any of the residents provided a payment.
Hutcheson said the biggest tip he could provide with all scams is to verify what the caller is stating before making transactions. He said to hang up and check the claims.
“Verify it independently,” he said, adding that applies for any type of possible phone scam. “Our number is in the phone book and on our website.”
He also said that the sheriff’s office does not collect money for fine. The clerk’s office at the Rockingham County Circuit Court or Rockingham County General District Court collect fines.
Anyone with questions, or to report a phone scam, call the sheriff’s office at 564-3800.
Contact Pete DeLea at 574-6278 or firstname.lastname@example.org