Blacksburg Police Department issued an alert on Wednesday regarding a recent wave of scamming attempts by an unknown aggressor.
The alert stated that multiple complaints have been filed, all describing incidents in which a caller has identified themselves to the complaining parties as a representative of the Mega Millions Sweepstakes. The caller is then “informing people they are winners of a multi-million dollar sweepstake.”
Police say the caller then requests money from those being scammed, saying the amount must be “paid up-front for insurance holding of the million dollar sweepstake,” and that they need banking account information for their reward to be deposited.
The police are urging the public to abstain from providing banking account information to any solicitor, and that if anyone is contacted by the scammer, that they should try to obtain information about the caller and notify the local police.