Alert: Bay Village police warning residents about scammers - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Alert: Bay Village police warning residents about scammers

Bay Village police warning residents about scammers. (Source: WOIO) Bay Village police warning residents about scammers. (Source: WOIO)
BAY VILLAGE, OH (WOIO) -

Bay Village residents are asked to be very cautious if they receive any phone calls from the IRS, Treasury Department or a Utility company.  

There have been numerous incidents over the last few weeks in which a scam caller is telling a resident or business owner that they owe money (usually thousands of dollars), and that it needs to be paid immediately with a pre-paid Visa card.

The caller states that if the money is not paid immediately, they will have their utility turned off or face a penalty from the IRS/Treasury Department.  

They are asked to purchase a pre-paid Visa card and then call a number back with the Visa and PIN number.  

Once this is done, the caller has access to however much money is on the card.  

If anyone receives a call of this nature they are asked to please contact BVPD (440-871-1234) immediately to report the incident, and not to purchase any pre-paid Visa cards if asked to do so over the phone.

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