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Real Vienna Police Warn About Fake Police Phone Scams

The Vienna Police Department wants people to beware fraudulent calls from people pretending to be Vienna police officers.

A man reported one such scam call last Friday, Sept. 13, around 1 p.m.

“A man who resides in Fairfax County came to the Vienna Police Station advising he was on the phone with someone claiming to be a Vienna police officer and they were attempting to defraud him of money,” according to a police report.

When a police officer tried to speak to the caller, but “the caller hung up when the officer identified himself,” police said. The phone number that the call came from was the Vienna Police Department’s non-emergency number.

Police told the man that the call was a scam and advised him to report it to the Fairfax County Police Department for the attempted fraud, according to the report.

“Spoofing telephone numbers is a common scam that is used in an attempt to defraud citizens out of money. Our department does not make calls in an attempt to collect money,” the police department said.

If anyone lost jewelry at Caboose Tavern (124 Church Street NE), Vienna police may know of its whereabouts.

“A member of the Vienna Optimists Club advised a citizen found a piece of jewelry and turned it over to them at the Caboose” on Saturday, Sept. 14, according to police.

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