DSS warns of phishing scam

Virginia Department of Social Services has received reports about a scam that involves P-EBT and EBT cardholders receiving calls or texts telling them to activate their EBT account.

If a user calls the phishing number, it asks for their card number, pin and then to verify the pin before disconnecting. 

The number making the request starts in 1-866 and ends in 0486.

This number is not associated with Social Services and is a form of phishing.

State Client Customer Service Helpdesk employees will never call the cardholders to ask for a card number or pin.

If you receive a call or text do not answer or respond to the text and delete the message.

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SCSO warns of a scam in Shenandoah County

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Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) announced that residents have reported receiving calls from scammers.

This is the typical scam call where the person tells you that your neighbor, friend or family member has been arrested and needs to be bailed out.

The caller might seem very convincing and even use the names of people you may know.

The SCSO and other authorities remind us that you will never receive an authentic call of this nature.

There are only two ways to bail a person out of jail and both have to be done in person.

One way is through a Magistrate the other is through a Bondsman and again both have to be done in person.

Wiring money or going to an unknown location to post bail is not valid.

If you have received a call like this contact the SCSO at 540-459-6100 to confirm and clarify the call.

We recently spoke with Sheriff Lenny Millholland about scams in a news maker.

Click here for scams to watch out for and how to avoid them.

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SCSO warns of a phishing scam

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Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) announced that members of the community have recently been targets of a phishing scam.

Callers with untraceable numbers will text a victim and attempt to set up a comfortable dialog.

Eventually the caller will try to convince the victim to send inappropriate pictures.

After the pictures are sent the caller will use them in an attempt to extort money or personal information from the victim.

The SCSO encourages parents to have a frank conversation with their children about the situation.

If you do receive a text or call from someone you don’t know wanting to start a relationship hang up and block the number.

It is suggested that you set all social media especially your child’s on private so only people you know and they know can contact you or them.

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Frederick County is hit by a jury duty scam

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The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office announced that a jury duty scam has perpetrated the Winchester-Frederick County area.

The scam involves someone identifying themselves as representing an officer of the court or law enforcement.

This caller will tell a person that there is a warrant out for their arrest for failing to report for jury duty.

The caller will then tell the person they can avoid prosecution by paying a fine using their credit card or buying a gift card.

You can not rely on caller ID to determine legitimacy as numbers can be cloned.

FCSO reminds citizens that no one from their offices or the court will ever make such a call.

All court activity involving jury duty is conducted by mail.

No court official or law enforcement personnel would ever demand money to avoid arrest or make a warrant disappear.

Avoid the urge to pay anything by phone with this type of call just hang up.

If you feel the need to make sure call the agency the caller claimed to represent to confirm legitimacy.

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WCSO warns of a scam

The Warren County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) is warning residents of a recent scam in the region.

WCSO report they have taken complaints recently from people receiving phone calls that could be a scam.

Someone identifying themselves as being with the WCSO has placed calls to residents.

This person will tell the recipient that they are a Deputy Kerr or Kern or Lt. Foster.

Reports indicate that this person will tell the recipient that there is a warrant out for them regarding receiving photographs.

When questioned the caller has been known to become irate and even threatening.

If you receive a call of this sort you are advised to ask for a name hang up and call the WCSO for verification.

You are reminded to never provide any personal information to anyone over the phone.

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Warren County Treasurer warns of a scam

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A social post from the County of Warren Virginia warns of a scam.

The Warren County Treasurer’s Office is warning of a mail scam in Front Royal Warren County.

If you receive a notice of intent to seize your property or assets and it provides an 833 phone number to call and surrender funds that is a scam.

The return address will read Tax Assessment Securities, Warren County, Seizure Unit.

The Treasurer’s Office of Warren County Virginia does not have a seizure unit.

The Treasurer’s Office will not send a notice of seizure.

Where the Warren County Virginia office will use two collection agencies for collection of delinquent taxes it is not Tax Assessment Securities.

Authorities have become aware of other scams like this recently in New Jersey.

Should you receive a letter like this call the Treasurer’s Office immediately at (540) 635-2215.

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WCSO issues a scam warning

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The Warren County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) is warning of a scam where a caller might claim that you have missed Jury Duty and a warrant has been issued for your arrest.

If you pay a fine right away the caller insist the issue will be resolved.

The WCSO wants you to know they would never make calls like this.

If you have received such a call you should contact the Sheriff’s Department.

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