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Police: 'Alarming' increase in scams targeting seniors, and even convicted sex offenders

Police: 'Alarming' increase in scams targeting seniors, and even convicted sex offenders

Have you received a phone call letting you know a relative has been arrested and only you can spring them from jail, and it has to be done right now?

It was more than likely a scam.

The Virginia State Police has warned residents of Hampton Roads of what they term an alarming increase in scams aimed at taking money from vulnerable seniors and even convicted sex offenders, according to state police spokeswoman Sgt. Michelle Anaya.

The flim-flammers have called folks across the region and spun a tale that either a relative has been arrested and put in jail or a warrant is out for the victim’s arrest, Anaya said. The caller then tells the victim their relative will need a...

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