The woman sent money to an address in Arkansas after being tricked into believing she won the Publisher Clearing House sweepstakes, police said. She thought she was sending payment to cover “fees” to claim her winnings.
Woodbridge police are warning of a pair of scams that have targeted residents — one of which cost a woman $19,200.
“Be wary of calls claiming to be lotteries, utility companies or even the police claiming you owe money or have warrants,” Woodbridge police said in a social media statement. “Before sending any money, funds or gift cards please verify with that agency.”
“No real police officer will ever demand payment or request personal information over the phone,” police said. “If someone does it’s a scam.”
Meanwhile, police said they have received numerous reports abut the second attempted fraud. Callers spoof the Woodbridge Police Department’s phone number and identify themselves as officers or detectives and ask for person information regarding an on-going investigation, officials said
Police couldn’t immediately be reached Friday for more information.
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