Accident Scam Reported in the Area

The Virginia Tech Police Department has been made aware of a scam that has recently been reported off campus. This scam involves people who “stage” traffic accidents. Usually working in pairs, they will approach an unsuspecting person and claim their vehicle or they, themselves, have been struck by the victim’s motor vehicle. They will then atempt to coerce the person into not contacting the police and/or insurance companies. Rather, they will convince the person to pay a sum of money to “cover” the “damages”. They will even volunteer to accompany the victim to an ATM to withdraw the money.

If you are involved in an incident such as this, please contact your local police department immediately. Do not work out a “settlement” prior to contacting the police. If you believe you have been a victim of this scam, please call the Montgomery County regional 911 center at (540) 382-4343 and they will connect you with the police responsible for that particular jurisdiction.