VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - Virginia Beach Police are warning residents of a scam involving the IRS and police.
Tonya Borman with the Virginia Beach Police Department said officers have received several complaints from citizen stating they were scammed or attempts were made to scam them.
The scam involves calls from suspects identifying themselves as “agents’ with the IRS. The suspects tell the victims they owe the IRS for back taxes and they will be arrested if they do not pay the amount owed.
The suspect tells the victim to purchase a “Green Dot” card from a local store and give the suspect the authorization number and the suspect can then withdraw the money from the account.
Borman said the victims are told if they don’t comply, a member of the Virginia Beach Police Department will call them. In one instance, a suspect claiming to be Police Chief Jim Cervera called a victim. Detectives determined the suspect called from an unidentified telemarketing business with a 202 area code that was spoofed from Seattle.
“It bothers me that someone is using my name and they’re using the number of the police department, which means our credibility is at risk," Chief Cevera told WAVY.com. "I want to make sure the citizens understand this has nothing to do with the police department and please do not fall for this scam. The minute someone calls and says James Cervera, if you know me, I go by Jim.”
Residents should know the Virginia Beach Police Department will never act with a federal agency as a collection agency and will never threaten arrest in lieu of payment, Borman said.
Anyone with questions can email email@example.com or call 757-385-4101. Anyone with information on the crime should call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.
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