State Police warn Virginians of ‘phone spoofing’ scam

Virginia News

(WFXR) — Virginia State Police are warning residents of a phone scam that has been making the rounds in the Commonwealth in recent weeks.

According to a Facebook post from Virginia State Police on Friday, Oct. 23, the caller will pretend to be a representative of Virginia State Police and demand payment be made in order to avoid arrest. Police say the caller may request credit card information, bank account information, or payment in the form of a gift card.

However, officials say Virginia State Police never calls individuals to notify them of an arrest warrant and never requests payment over the phone.

Authorities say these scammers are using legitimate Virginia State Police phone numbers to call from, known as “spoofing.”

While police note the scammers can get aggressive and make convincing demands, Virginians are advised to hang up the phone and never give out any personal information.

Residents who feel they have been victimized by a scam are urged to report it to their local law enforcement agency.

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