Scammer posing as Hampton PD requesting money


NEW TONIGHT — THERE’S A PHONE SCAM GOING AROUND HAMPTON. POLICE SAY SOMEONE SPOOFED THE DEPARTMENT’S PHONE NUMBER — AND NOW RESIDENTS ARE GETTING CALLS ASKING FOR THEIR FORCED TO SEND MY INVESTIGATING COPS TO YOUR DOORSTEPS AS WELL AS YOUR PLACE OF EMPLOYMENT.” POLICE SAY THE SCAMMERS — POSING AS THE I-R-S — TARGETED A HAMPTON WOMAN TODAY. THE CALLER RASKED FOR DEBIT CARD INFORMATION AND THE VICTIM’S PIN. SHE REFUSED. DETECTIVES BELIEVE THE SCAMMERS ARE LIKELY IN A CALL CENTER OVERSEAS — AND THEY EXPECT SIMILAR CALLS TO INCREASE OVER THE WEEKEND. SUPER=DET. BRANDT THEN GOES THRU THE TAX SEASON. (BUTT) 10;49;04 THERE ARE APPS OUT THERE WHERE YOU CAN PURCHASE ONLINE YOU CAN WIPE YOUR NUMBER FREE AND PUT WHATEVER NUMBER YOU WANT ON THERE TO MAKE IT LOOK LIKE A LEGITIMATE AGENCY IS CALLING YOU IF YOU BECOME A VICTIM, IF YOU BECOME A VICTIM, POLICE SAY WRITE DOWN THE INCOMING PHONE NUMBER AND REPORT IT. DETECTIVES ARE ALSO ASKING YOU TO GOOGLE YOUR NAME AND SEE IF ANY PERSONAL INFORMATION IS EASILY ACCESSIBLE ONLINE.

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