The Leesburg Police Department has received an increased number of calls about phone scams int he community recently, Public Information Officer Jeff Dube said.
The most recent scams involve a person calling and identifying themselves as an employee of Dominion Power and requesting immediate payment on “delinquent accounts,” as well as the “IRS” phone scam starting up again. In these incidences, the caller identifies themselves as an IRS agent and threatens callers with arrest if they do not immediately pay their “delinquent taxes.”
Callers sometimes tell victims to buy gift cards or similar items and then relay the serial numbers over the phone to the suspect. The suspect will then end the phone call.
“Unfortunately these types of scams, as well as various others, occur far too often and people fall victim to scam artists looking to turn a quick profit by playing on the fears of victims by implying that they or one of their loved ones is in some sort of trouble or an organization is in need of funds,” Dube said.
The Leesburg Police Department would like to remind citizens to be wary of that “phishing” scams such as this prey on the fears of the unknowing public to attempt to intimidate people into cooperating. Phishers attempt to fraudulently acquire sensitive information, such as passwords, serial numbers and credit card details by pretending to be a trustworthy person or business. Phishing is typically carried out using email or an instant message,though phone contact is being used more frequently.
The Leesburg Police Department would like to remind citizens to contact their local law enforcement agency if you feel that are a victim of these types of schemes.