Press Release from the Albemarle County Sheriff's Office:

The Albemarle County Sheriff’s Office would like to inform the community about a scam circulating in our community.

An individual identifying himself as Deputy Cahill or Lieutenant Miller of the Albemarle County Sheriff’s Office is requesting you report to Jury Duty on a date in August. He is then requesting that you go to Kroger to purchase a pre-paid credit card and provide him with the authorization code of that card. These individuals are not employed by the Albemarle County Sheriff’s Office.

The Albemarle County Sheriff’s Office personally serves jury summons to each citizen of Albemarle County. The Albemarle County Sheriff’s Office never asks citizens to purchase credit cards, debit card s or prepaid credit cards.

Always be on guard against these crimes and be hesitant to provide any personal identifying information via text or over the phone. If someone contacts you and identifies him or herself as a deputy with Albemarle County Sheriff’s Office, please don’t hesitate to contact our office at (434) 972-4001 to confirm their identity.

We have made contact with both the Albemarle County Police Department and the Charlottesville Police Department to make them aware of this current scam.

If you get a similar phone call here's what you should do:

   - If you live in the City of Charlottesville or the County of Albemarle contact the Emergency Communication Center at (434) 977-9041 to have an officer take a scam report.

   - If you live outside of the Charlottesville-Albemarle area, please contact your local law enforcement agency.