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Virginia Tech Police warn of phone scam

From: Virginia Tech Police Department
The Virginia Tech Police Department has received recent reports of members of the Virginia Tech community who have received telephone calls from “spoofed” phone numbers belonging to legitimate law enforcement agencies as well as from “911”.  The caller claims to be a law enforcement officer. During these calls, the recipient is told that they owe the government outstanding taxes that require immediate payment through money wire or gift cards, or else face arrest.
Legitimate phone numbers belonging to law enforcement are easily found on the Internet and are used to “spoof” the victim, or falsify the number on the Caller ID to hide the caller’s true identity.
Additionally, the scammers often have personal information about the victims which make them sound legitimate, such as home addresses, office addresses and telephone numbers, which can often be found by simply searching the Internet.
The Virginia Tech Police Department would like to remind all community members:

  • No law enforcement or other government agency in the United States, including the IRS, will ever call you on the phone and threaten you with arrest if you do not immediately send them money or provide them with the number of a gift card.
  • Do not provide personal information such as dates of birth, social security numbers, and bank account/credit card numbers over phone, text or email, unless you are dealing with someone you trust.
  • Listen closely to what is being said. Terminate the call as soon as you determine you are the target of a scam.
  • Community members should report all crimes and suspicious activity/persons anywhere on campus or over the phone, text or email, immediately to the Virginia Tech Police Department at 540-382-4343 or by dialing 911. Anonymous tips can be reported online or via the LiveSafe mobile app (for Android and IPhone devices).

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