Virginia State Police warn of increasing phone scams

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Virginia State Police are warning about phone scams that are targeting seniors and convicted sex offenders. 

The scam impacting seniors is where a caller says a relative has been arrested and needs money to be released from jail.  The caller can be very convincing because they have personal information about the person who supposedly needs help. 

Virginia State Police are also getting calls from convicted sex offenders in northern Virginia who are being told that there is a warrant out for their arrest.  The caller says not to call Virginia State Police and that the only way to settle the warrant is to pay a fine. 

In both scams, the caller gives instructions on how the payment should be made, usually with an “egift” cash card, to a specific account or person. The caller will also threaten or verbally abuse the victim until they agree to their demands. 

If you get a call like this, hang up and contact your local law enforcement agency or the Virginia State Police. 

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