The Fluvanna County Sheriff’s Office has issued an alert on a scam going around involving text messages.
Scam: Police Texts
Who Is It Targeting: Virginians
What Is It: The Fluvanna County Sheriff’s Office has issued an alert on a scam going around involving text messages. Targets of the scam are receiving text messages which state that the individual sending the text is a police officer with the Miami-Dade Crimes Against Children Unit. The text claims that the target must call them back to answer some questions and if the target fails to do so, they will be extradited to Florida to face charges. No one has come forward as having followed the scammer’s instructions, so it is unsure where the scam will go next, but surely it will lead to the victim being extorted out of something valuable whether that be personal information or direct payment.
What Are They After: Possibly Personal Information or Payment
How Can You Avoid It: The police will never text message you with a warning about extradition or facing other charges. If you receive this text message simply delete it and do not reply. You can report the scam to the Fluvanna County Sheriff’s Office by calling (434) 589-8211. If you have received the text and responded, please contact the Identity Theft Resource Center at 888.400.5530 to understand what risk you may face.