As of Wednesday, August 5, Virginia has had 95,049 total cases of COVID-19, including confirmed lab tests and clinical diagnoses, according to the Virginia Department of Health. That total reflects a 798 case increase in the latest report. 30 additional deaths were reported bringing the Commonwealth’s death toll to 2,274.
The Harrisonburg Police Department is warning the community of a string of recent scams.
HPD said these scams are targeting anybody, no matter your age. College students, middle-aged and elderly people can all fall victim to these scams and Amie Raymann, a detective with HPD, said nearly a dozen have in just the past the weeks.
She said some scams are related to a person seeking a relationship, friendship or they’re pretending to be from a local agency asking for bail money for a family member, prepaid money cards or gift cards.
While scammers may sound convincing, Raymann said legitimate businesses or agencies will never ask for this form of payment.
HPD has seen scammers reach victims on many platforms.
“Often [scammers] will cold-call people. Never trust your caller ID, they can spoof a number,” Raymann said. “They can call you and say they’re with an agency, you can meet them online through various forms of social media, whether it’s Facebook, Snapchat, different dating websites.”
HPD warns people to never deposit checks from someone you’ve met online.
Before sending any money, Raymann said to call that agency or business to verify the person who contacted you is a real representative. If not, contact your local police department.