VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – A detective with the Economic Crimes Unit within the Virginia Beach Police Department says there is a wide variety of scams happening right now. He’s offering tips to help the public avoid being scammed.

It may seem surprising, but one involves what callers want you to believe is the police department.

“’You owe the Virginia Beach Police money. You have a warrant for your arrest. Go get a gift card and we’ll take care of it,’” described Detective John Scamordella. “The United States government will absolutely, 100%, not take gift cards as payment.”

Recently, some people are reporting getting texts from someone claiming to be their bank. The text says their account being frozen.

Experts advise: Do not click any links, don’t call a number listed in the text, and never give your account number to someone calling you or texting you.

“If you ever get a call from someone who claims to be your bank and you’re not sure,…

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