When you receive a call from the police, it’s only natural that you might be concerned. After all, police officers are frequently tasked with delivering bad news, whether they’re informing you of a crime that took place in your neighborhood or reporting a death. However, that’s not the only reason you might want to be hesitant about answering a call from the cops these days. A sophisticated new phone call con has scammers impersonating police officers—and if you answer the call, your personal information and financial data could be at risk. Read on to find out how to identify the scam and what you should do if you think you’ve been a target.
While you may be eager to comply with the cops if they call you, doing so could mean you’re serving up your personal information to scammers. According to ABC 8 News, a local affiliate in Virginia, the new con that’s been going on begins when you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be a police officer. The Goochland County Sheriff’s Department in Virginia reports that scammers claim you’ve failed to show up for a court appearance and will have to appear at the sheriff’s office to confirm your signature.
“Please be advised that the Sheriff’s Office will never call about an issue of this nature,” the actual Goochland County Sheriff’s Department says.