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The Police Department warns citizens to be aware of increased phone fraud or scam attempts, especially during the holidays. One scam attempt reported in the area involves a phone call from an individual falsely claiming to be a credit card fraud representative. The caller asserts there has been fraudulent activity on the intended victim's account and advises the intended victim to call an FBI agent.
The caller supplies a phone number to make the contact. When the intended victim makes contact, the individual falsely operating as an FBI agent requests the victim to send money to assist with the investigation, with a promise that the money will be returned. Victims are instructed to make bank withdrawals and to ship or mail the cash to specified locations.
Repeat attempts have been reported in some instances.
Here are tips on spotting the fraud and avoiding serious financial loss:
For more on fraud, scams and identity theft issues, visit our website @ https://www.danvilleva.gov/595/Scams-Schemes
or call the Crime Prevention Office at 434-797-8898