Release date: 2020-07-24
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[Archived] Alexandria Police Department Warns of Phone Scam

Alexandria Police Department Warns of Phone Scam

For Immediate Release:  July 24, 2020

The Alexandria Police Department is aware of a telephone scam targeting people who are asked to provide money to remove criminal charges.

Individuals have reported receiving phone calls from someone falsely using the identity of an Alexandria sworn police employee. In the scam, the caller uses the name of a sworn officer, and advises that there are warrants for the subject’s arrest. The caller provides instructions on how to pay a large sum of money, then passes the victim on to another person to explain a “surety voucher.”

The Alexandria Police Department does not make such calls and will never request money over the phone. If you receive such a call, immediately hang up. Do not provide the caller with any information and do not answer any questions.

If you are the victim of this scam and have been defrauded of money, please report it to the Alexandria Police Department by calling 703.746.4444 or by contacting the law enforcement agency where you live.

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