The Winchester Police Department wants to warn local residents about a scam that involves phone calls from people pretending to be Winchester Police Officers asking for money to pay back taxes. On May 20th the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office received a report from a resident who received several phone calls from a phone number with a 717 area code. On one occasion the caller identified himself as being with the IRS. On another call the individual said he was a police officer for the Winchester Police Department, but he would not provide a name or badge number. The caller told the victim that he owed more than $2,000 in back taxes that needed to be paid or he would be deported from the country. The victim was told to purchase several Pay Pal cards with the amount he “owed.” On two of the calls the phone number that came up on caller id was the Winchester Police Department non-emergency number (540-662-4131).
If you receive a call from someone stating they are from the Winchester Police Department or IRS, hang up and call the police department (540-662-4131) or IRS to confirm it is legitimate. We also want to remind local residents that you should be suspicious of anyone who calls you, says you owe money or have won money, and need to load money onto a pre-paid card as most of these calls involve scams.