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For Immediate Release

Police Investigate Prepaid Money Card Scams

January 13, 2015

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA – In recent days, Chesterfield County Police have received several reports of residents being defrauded of money by unknown suspects asking that bills or fines be paid with prepaid money cards.  

In one incident, which occurred on Jan. 8, 2015, unknown suspects called the adult female victim and claimed to work for the Internal Revenue Service. The suspects claimed she owed several thousand dollars to the IRS and would be arrested if she did not pay. The suspects directed the victim to purchase multiple prepaid money cards to pay off the amount she allegedly owed. The victim sent the suspects several thousand dollars. After doing so, she determined that the calls were a scam, and she alerted police.  

In another Jan. 8 incident, an unknown suspect called the adult male victim and claimed to work for Dominion Virginia Power. The suspect claimed the victim’s account was overdue and a payment must be made immediately or the victim’s power would be shut off. The suspect instructed the victim to send the payment using a prepaid money card. The victim sent the suspect several hundred dollars. The victim later called Dominion Virginia Power and learned that the earlier call had been a scam. 

The Chesterfield County Police Department is reminding residents that utility companies and government agencies will not ask that fines or bills be paid in this manner. For more information from the IRS and Dominion Virginia Power on how to avoid such scams, visit http://www.irs.gov/uac/Tax-Scams-Consumer-Alerts and/or https://www.dom.com/scams 

If you receive a call of this nature, do not send the caller money or call any numbers provided by the caller. Instead, try to capture the number they are calling from and call police. 

Police continue their investigation into these incidents. Anyone with information should contact the Chesterfield County Police Department at 804-748-1251 or Crime Solvers at 804-748-0660 or www.crimesolvers.net. 

Contact Person:   Lt. Steve Grohowski
Contact Phone: 804-751-4720

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