Friday, July 22, 2016

Scam alert to renters/property owners

Abingdon Police Department


For Immediate Release

Scam alert to renters/property owners:

The Abingdon Police Department was advised of a scam circulating in reference to people calling rental properties. The caller will state they want to rent the property and that there is a program through Virginia Highlands Community College that will assist with paying the rent for a year. They will then advise that all they need is the bank account information in order for the rent to be transferred. The APD checked with VHCC about this program and was advised that is DOES NOT exist.

We remind people NEVER to provide any information, such as bank accounts, credit cards, your social security number or birth date, to callers. If you have a phone provider that will allow you to block numbers, please do so to prevent future calls. Please notify your family, friends, and neighbors about this scam so that no one falls victim to these predators.

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