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City and RPD issue warning about two prevalent scams targeting Roanoke residents

Roanoke, Virginia – In an era where scams are increasingly common, the City of Roanoke and its police department are sounding the alarm on two prevalent scams targeting local residents. These fraudulent schemes are causing concern among the community, prompting officials to urge everyone to exercise caution.

The first scam involves calls to Roanoke area residents from an individual claiming they owe taxes. The caller alarmingly informs the victim that failure to pay thousands of dollars immediately over the phone could result in a bank or wage lien. This tactic preys on the victim’s fear and urgency to resolve the supposed tax issue.

At the same time, the Roanoke Police Department (RPD) has identified a second scam where the fraudster impersonates a police officer. Victims receive calls stating they have missed a court appearance and have an active arrest warrant. The scammer then manipulates the victim into sending money to avoid arrest, typically requesting payment via gift cards sent through the mail.

The RPD and the City of Roanoke Treasurer’s Office have made it clear that they would never solicit payments over the phone in such a manner. Residents are advised to immediately hang up upon receiving such calls and to contact the RPD at (540) 853-2212 to report the incident. Additionally, concerns regarding tax-related calls should be directed to the Treasurer’s Office at 540-853-2561 or via email at [email protected]. The city’s proactive stance aims to protect residents from falling victim to these manipulative scams.

Gayle Gordon

As a college student, making an extra buck now and then was very important. I started as a part-time reporter since I was 19 yo, and I couldn’t believe it might become a long-time career. I'm happy to be part of the Virginian Tribune's team.

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