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Scammers using names of actual law enforcement employees

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SALEM (WSLS10) - Scammers are stepping up their game as they try to convince victims they are legitimate.

Roanoke County Police and the sheriff's office have received 12 reports of jury duty phone scams during the last two weeks.

The scammers are seeking money; however, they are using the names and phone numbers of actual law enforcement officials and city employees.

"It bothers me, because I am a member of the community," said Major Brent Hudson with the Roanoke County Sheriff's Office. "When this happens people think I'm actually the one calling and being involved."

"Really for us, the most important thing with this is looking out for the citizens and the individuals we are here to serve and make sure they don't get taken advantage of," said Roanoke County Sheriff Eric Orange.

Orange said if summoned for jury duty, there is never any exchange of money.

If a scammer is asking for money over the phone, he said it's best to hang up and call law enforcement. You can call the Roanoke County Circuit Court Bailiff at 540-283-3112 or the jury coordinator at 540-387-6261.