VIRGINIA BEACH -- Police in Virginia Beach have a warning about a new scam involving callers who claim to work for the Internal Revenue Service.
Victims recently told police they have received calls from someone representing themselves as IRS 'agents.'
According to police, the victim is told they owe the IRS for back taxes and they will be arrested if the outstanding amount is not paid soon. The 'agent' tells the victim that they can avoid arrest by purchasing a 'Green Dot' card from a local store and they must provide the suspect with the authorization number.
The 'agent' can then withdraw the money from the account. The 'agent' then tells the victim that if they refuse to do this a member of the Virginia Beach Police Department will call them.
Police say on one occasion a victim of the scam received a call from a suspect representing himself as Police Chief Jim Cervera, but the caller was an impostor.
Detectives determined that the suspect called from an unidentified telemarketing business with a 206 area code that had been 'spoofed' from Seattle, Washington.
Anyone with questions can email ECU@vbgov.com or call 757-385-4101.
Anyone with information regarding this crime is encouraged to call Virginia Beach Crime Solvers at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.
The case remains under investigation.
Red flags associated with this scam:
- Virginia Beach Police Department would never act in concert with a federal agency (such as the IRS) as a collection agency
- Virginia Beach Police would never threaten arrest in lieu of providing payment
Virginia Beach Police Economic Crime Detectives wish to remind residents:
- Be suspicious of requests for money over the phone
- Never provide your bank or credit card account numbers to any caller, regardless of the reason