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VA: Police: Scammers targeting elderly, sex offenders by demanding money with person info

[wset.com – 6/21/18]

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) — Virginia State Police said they have been alerted to an alarming increase in phone scams targeting seniors and convicted sex offenders.

Police said scammers are threatening people into paying hundreds of dollars in gift cards.

One popular scam making the rounds across the state is where the caller tells the person, most of the time an elderly person, on the phone that a relative has been arrested and incarcerated so they need money in order to be released from jail.

Police said the scammer can be very convincing by providing extensive personal information about the person they claim is in need of help.

State Police said centers are also getting calls from convicted sex offenders who are being told there is a warrant for their arrest.

The sex offender is told not to call state police and the only way to adjudicate the warrant is by paying off a fine.

Virginia law prohibits unlawful use of the information provided on the Virginia Sex Offender Registry for purposes of intimidating or harassing an individual listed on the registry.

With both incidents, police said the scammer tells the victim how the payment should be submitted, usually through an ‘eGift’ cash card or similar payment to a specified account or name given by the scammer.

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My grandma was recently a target of one of these scams. A couple of weeks ago she received a phone call from my “brother” in Washington saying he’s been arrested on a DUI and needed $7k for bail. Money aside, this sent us in a spin because he’s due to be married in a few months and his job has a clause of zero tolerance for DUI as he works for a brewing company. Luckily she didn’t have the money to pay but for several hours we were in a panic. We called his fiance and it was a total… Read more »

Does Common Sense not dictate that Maybe you should call the person directly who supposedly is in “trouble” to verify this information?

As a female RC, I got one of these. It was actually from a Washington, DC number. It’s actually related to scam calls from fake IRS agents saying there is a warrant for arrest. I generally do not answer unrecognized numbers on my phone. Reporting does little because the numbers are spoofed and they rotate to a different group of numbers to call after a number is targeted.

So ! Let’s get this right ! The law caused the problem ! Now the RCs must deal with it ! So every BS Law that hurts ex offenders ! The law excuses themselves ! And Society ignores RCs and the problems they condon ! How long does the Government expect ex offenders to accept this way of life ? Who is oppressed ? It is not right to keep ex offenders from RUGHT TO ASSEMBLE ! We need organizations to bridge the gap in the system, NOT TRY TO HANDLE THE LAWS ON THEIR TERMS WHILE RCs suffer and… Read more »

Please share this! SCAM ALERT!!!! It is important. I live in Nevada having moved here from California where my conviction was. I have been living here for 2 years and so far all is well. UNTIL TODAY!!! I get a phone call from the 775 area code (I live in North Las Vegas which is a 702 area code) which is northern Nevada and more specifically, Carson City, the State Capitol. I answered and was told by the caller that he was Detective Michael Edmondson from the Clark County (southern Nevada, Las Vegas, etc.) Sheriff’s office and that I was… Read more »

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