Virginia State Police warn of phone scammer posing as state trooper

Virginia State Police are warning residents of northern Virginia that a phone scammer has spoofed a legitimate State Police phone number and has been attempting to trick people into believing they are a state trooper.

Police said the scammer has called around 50 northern Virginia residents and neighboring states as of Saturday afternoon. The calls come in from a 276 area code, and so residents may initially believe the caller to be legitimate.

According to police, the caller identifies themselves as a representative of the Virginia State Police and tells the individual that they have a warrant out for their arrest.

They then say that the individual can avoid arrest if they make a payment. They may ask for credit card information, bank account details or payment in the form of a gift card.

“The Virginia State Police never calls individuals to notify one of an arrest warrant,” State Police said in a statement. “The Virginia State Police never requests payment for any service, debt, etc. over the phone.”

They said the scammers can get aggressive when demanding payment.

Their advice: Hang up the phone and don’t offer any personal information. If you suspect someone has attempted to scam you, contact your local law enforcement agency.

Zeke Hartner

Zeke Hartner is a digital writer/editor who has been with WTOP since 2017. He is a graduate of North Carolina State University’s Political Science program and an avid news junkie.

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