Williamsburg Police investigating phone scam, death threat

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williamsburg-police-car-300x131On Monday, a Williamsburg resident received a call parents dread. He was informed that his adult son was involved in an accident in New York and was hospitalized.

According to Williamsburg Police, that call turned into a phone scam investigation when the resident found his son safely at home.

According to Maj. Greg Riley of the Williamsburg Police Department, officers responded to the scam victim’s residence, located on Carlton Court, around 4:35 p.m. Monday after he reported the fraudulent call.

Upon arrival, the officers spoke to the victim, who said he had received a call saying his son was injured. The caller advised the victim that he needed to send money to cover the damages, Riley said. 

While the caller provided information on how to wire the money, the victim confirmed that his son was safely at home and not in New York. When the man refused to send money to the caller, the caller threatened to kill the man’s son and hung up the phone, Riley said.

According to Riley, the incident is currently under investigation by the Williamsburg Police Department.

If the public has any information on this incident or any other crime in the Williamsburg area, they are encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP or the Williamsburg Police at 757-220-2331.