This time, the crooks’ angle involves the use of “spoofing” technology, so the call appears to be coming from a Police Department number. The aggressive callers ask for money or personal information.
Police said students have been contacted by scammers claiming to be with the Chinese Embassy or law enforcement. The caller accuses the student of of a crime, often money laundering, and demands large sums of cash to avoid charges.
Just like well-known scams in which callers claim to be from the Internal Revenue Service, this phishing scam plays on fear in the Chinese community.
The fraudsters, often based overseas, are altering caller IDs to make it seem that the call is coming from a legitimate law enforcement phone number with a local area code.
Virginia State Police said they are seeing an “alarming increase” in fraudsters using threats to motivate people to send them money or gift cards.
Apparently, the phone scam involves scaring people into paying them money via wire transaction or with gift cards.
A Baltimore County woman reported to state police Monday afternoon that she had received a call with the caller ID showing “Maryland State Government.”
The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is spreading the word about a phone scam that’s using their name to try to pry money from people.
Scammers claiming to be the Virginia State Police are targeting Northern Virginia residents and state troopers have advice for consumers to protect themselves.
Capitol police assures the public that at no time would any employee “request any form of monetary compensation over the phone to settle a warrant, pay a fine, or resolve any criminal matters. ”
The caller says you missed jury duty or there’s a warrant for your arrest — but you can settle it right now on the phone with a credit card payment. It’s not true.
A fraud alert has been issued by the Homeland Security Department’s Office of Inspector General after scammers altered caller ID systems to appear they were calling from an official phone number.
The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is warning of an increase in phone scams targeting immigrants.
“Can you hear me?” a caller asks. Don’t answer that — just hang up.
The Leesburg Police Department said Wednesday it has recently seen an increase in the number of phone scams targeting area residents. The scammers are posing as representatives of Dominion Power and request immediate payment on “delinquent accounts.”