Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Phone Scams On The Rise

Abingdon Police Department

For Immediate Release


The Abingdon Police Department has received several calls recently regarding scams. The first being an IRS scam where the caller states you owe the IRS money. Please remember that the IRS will NEVER call you regarding taxes or other issues, you will be notified via letter. If you experience one of these scams, visit and notify them of this scam.

 The other scam on the rise in our area is when the caller claims you have won the lottery or a sweepstakes through Publishers Clearing House. The caller will ask you to purchase a moneygram for a certain amount of money, and then call them back once you have obtained it. After you send the moneygram, they claim UPS will deliver your prize money.

 We ask that you avoid responding or provide any information, such as bank accounts, credit cards, your social security number or birth date, to these callers. If you have a phone provider that will allow you to block these numbers, please do so to prevent future calls. Please notify your family, friends and neighbors about these scams so that no one falls victim to these predators.


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