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The Virginia State Police Wytheville Division Headquarters received roughly 50 phone calls Saturday from Northern Virginia residents inquiring about a phone call from a "trooper" who demanded money to avoid arrest.

The scammer has "spoofed" a legitimate state phone number with a 276 area code so he can appear credible, state police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said.

The caller identifies himself as a representative of the Virginia State Police and says the individual has a warrant out for his/her arrest, must turn him/herself in and then demands payment be made in order to avoid arrest. The caller may request credit card information, bank account information or payment in the form of a gift card, Geller said.

State police never call individuals to notify one of an arrest warrant. The Virginia State Police never requests payment for any service, debt, etc. over the phone.

"These scammers can get very aggressive and be very convincing in their demands, and are also using legitimate Virginia State Police phone numbers to call from - known as 'spoofing,' Geller said.

Virginians are advised to simply hang up on the scammer and to never give out any personal information.

Again, Virginia State Police will never solicit funds from the public in any manner and do not give any personal information to someone alleging to be doing so. If you feel you have been a victim of any scam, report it to your local law enforcement agency.


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Wake Up & Smell The Coffee!

@Hawkeye - Excellent call out! This is precisely why the U.S. Agency for Global Media must approve a “Radio Free America”. It should be akin to Radio Free Europe/Asia - Radio Liberty. Seldom anymore are mass media & communications accurate sources of information. And Heaven forbid the truth be told. Then it’s censorship abound! Sad as it is to say, the need has come for our own “Radio Free”.


The Radio Act of 1912 made it illegal to operate amateur radio stations over frequencies without a license. The FCC is in charge of issuing these licenses and applications are only accepted at certain intervals. Competition for AM (540 kHz to 1700 kHz frequencies) and FM (92.1 MHz to 107.9 MHz) radio station signals is stiff, so an application doesn’t guarantee a license. Trying to get around the rules by operating at a lower power isn’t allowed, either.


I don't understand why Verizon and the other carriers cannot stop phone number spoofing.


Hmm just intersted/curious as to why

A. The 130mph high speed chase from Woodbridge (smoketown Rd.) to Woodrow Wilson bridge wasnt mentioned and

B. Why the 100 reckless driving citations by potomac mills mall wasnt covered (seems like a big story)

and C.

I only know this information because the police scanner is available to the public and courtesy of the facebook page. So when the police actually keep people safe, its not reported. Interesting. And the fact theres no mention of the feed being banned again to the public, only to keep us in the dark.

Maybe its not "Democracy dies in darkness" like Amazon claims, maybe its "Citizenry dies in censorship."

Sic Semper Tyrannis


I'm surprised they didn't just delete your comment.

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