Police warn Vinton community about scammers impersonating Social Security Administration employees, threatening arrest

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VINTON, Va. (WFXR) — Police ask Vinton residents to be extra cautious following reports of scammers impersonating government officials and using intimidation tactics to demand payment.

According to the Vinton Police Department, scammers are pretending to be representatives from the Social Security Administration and threatening to arrest community members unless they pay a specific amount of money.

However, not only are the scammers impersonating federal employees, but police say they have also used a “spoofing” process to disguise their phone numbers as the department’s phone number. In other words, the scammers’ phone number will appear on targets’ caller ID as (540) 983-0617.

“The Vinton Police Department does not call individuals to request any form of payment for any services under any circumstances,” the department wrote on Facebook on Friday, Aug. 7. “Never give personal or financial information to an unsolicited or spontaneous call, and be specifically suspicious of those who demand immediate payment, for any reason.”

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