Jan. 30, 2014
Albemarle County Police are seeing an increase phone scams.
There have been two scenarios to look out for:
- Someone calling to tell you that "you've won the lottery!"
- Or they say "you have a relative in jail in another country."
These scammers can be really persistent, and look for clues in what you say to help them.
Scam Alert - The ACPD has seen an increase in phone scams and wants to warn the community about the threat. pic.twitter.com/F84cpbI37U— AlbemarleCoPolice (@AlbemarleCoPD) January 30, 2014
So what should you do if you get a phone call from a scammer, but did not give them your information?
File a complaint at ftc.gov/complaint
You are advised to contact Albemarle County Police Department if you gave your personal bank information or wired them money.
Officials say these kinds of cases are really difficult to investigate and prosecute.