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Attempted phone scam on behalf of Manassas City Police Department

Manassas City Police Report
July 15, 2016

Attempted Phone Scam
On July 12, 2016, Manassas City Police met with a resident on the 8600 block of Nagle St for a report of a suspicious phone call.

The reporting party told officers that she received a phone call from an unknown male who claimed to be collecting money on behalf Manassas City Police Department, and that her donation would be retrieved in person by a uniformed officer of the Department.

The citizen, a 72-year-old female, recognized the call as a scam and did not provide any personal or financial information before contacting Police.

Crime Prevention Tip:
Manassas City Police does not solicit citizens for funding.

To avoid becoming a victim of fraud and identify theft, never give out personal or financial information to anyone online, over the phone, by mail, or in person unless you are the one that initiated the transaction. It is recommended that you research any charity before donating, and that you do so directly rather than in response to a request.

For those wishing to financially support law enforcement, the Fraternal Order of Police Battlefield Lodge 43 and Manassas City Police Charitable Foundation are just two organizations in the Manassas area that are committed to supporting members of law enforcement and their families.

Both groups are independent and separate from Manassas City Police Department, a government entity, according to Adrienne Helms, crime prevention officer for Manassas City Police Department.

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