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Below you will find our active alerts. We issue alerts based on both historical data and emerging regional patterns. Please take a few moments to review our current alerts which we hope will provide you with the knowledge to better protect yourself and your family.
This scam utilizes fear as a catalyst.
Here’s how it works:
A parent gets a phone call during a school day and hears a child crying or a child stating they have been kidnapped.
The, suspect then gets on the phone and tells the parent their child has been abducted and demands ransom for the child’s return.
The suspect directs the victim to wire the money to a specific location.
The suspect will try to keep the parent on the phone so they cannot call police or anyone else to verify the child's safety by using fear to distract the parent. Instinctively, parents will do whatever it takes to protect their child. Parents may not think about calling their child’s school to verify they are safe until after they realize they were victim of this crime.
Police encourage any parent who receives a ransom call about their child being abducted to immediately call your child’s school (or the location where they are supposed to be) to verify their safety, and call the police to report the crime.
Tips from the FBI
For criminals, the success of any type of virtual kidnapping depends on speed and fear. They know they only have a short time to exact a ransom payment before the victims and their families unravel the scam or authorities become involved. To avoid becoming a victim, the FBI advises to look for these possible indicators:
Callers go to great lengths to keep you on the phone, insisting you remain on the line.
Calls do not come from the victim’s phone.
Callers try to prevent you from contacting the “kidnapped” victim.
Multiple successive phone calls.
Incoming calls made from an outside area code.
Demands for ransom money to be paid via wire transfer, not in person; ransom demands may drop quickly.
Financial scams are prevalent in today’s technological and connected society. Some other recent scams include the “IRS” demanding money or local courts claiming you missed jury duty, so you must pay a “fine.” Scammers target unsuspecting victims through phone calls, e-mails and face-to-face. They prey upon your emotions from excitement and joy to fear and intimidation and the types and styles of ruses are countless. The common thread is that all scammers hope to catch you off-guard and keep you off-balance so you act without thinking and don’t realize what’s happened until your money is already gone.
DOMINION POWER FRAUD
The Herndon Police Department would like to make the public aware of a telephone scam.
If you receive a phone call from a person representing themselves as an employee of Dominion Virginia Power and threatening to shut off you power unless you send them money, please contact the police department and file a report. If possible, get the person's name and phone number and provide it to the police. Dominion Virginia Power will never call on the phone requesting payment. Do not provide your personal information or account information over the phone. The best way to confirm you are actually talking to an employee of Dominion Power is to call them at 1-866-DOM-HELP. Details about the Dominion Power Fraud Alert.
Spring often brings with it complaints concerning fraudulent contractors. These fraudulent contractors will drive through neighborhoods, looking for people to target. They may offer to repave your driveway, trim trees, or complete other jobs around your home. While initially they may seem to be offering a good deal, their work is typically sub-par for an excessive price. Unfortunately, they will often times specifically target those in our community who are most vulnerable to being scammed. You can help prevent these types of scams by only hiring licensed contractors and asking for their proof of insurance. Please also check on elderly and more vulnerable neighbors to make sure that they do not fall victim to one of these frauds.
If you suspect any type of fraud may be occurring in your neighborhood, please call the Herndon Police at 703-435-6846.
FRAUDULENT TELEPHONE CALLS
FRAUD WARNING: Fraudulent Telephone Calls
The Herndon Police Department is advising residents of an ongoing scam where the caller claims to be collecting money for back taxes, and threatens arrest if the taxes and fines are not paid. In a recent calls the scam artist used a technique known as “caller ID spoofing” to make it appear the call is coming from the Herndon Police Department or another law enforcement agency.
These calls are frauds. The IRS and Department of Treasury will NEVER call someone and request their personal information. The Herndon Police Department will not arrest someone for failing to pay back taxes as the caller claims.
If you receive a call claiming you owe money and payment is required via wire transfer, credit cards, debit cards or other pre-loaded cards including iTunes cards, tell the caller you know it is a scam, hang-up the phone and call the Herndon Police at 703-435-6846.