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Beware – IRS Scam can lead to SWATting

SWAT (free clip art)

SWAT (free clip art)

Press release from Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office:

Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office continues to receive reports of IRS scam operations, and Sheriff Scott Jenkins is warning residents that there is a new element to the scam: “swatting.”

The crime of “swatting” is making a hoax call to 9-1-1 to draw a response from law enforcement, usually a SWAT team, and CCSO had an incident of it this weekend, when deputies responded to an unfounded report of a person with a gun in the 14600 block of Carrico Mills Road at about 6 p.m. Friday, May 15, 2015. When deputies arrived, they found that the resident did not call 911, but they had received an IRS scam call in which the caller told them that they owed thousands of dollars to be brought immediately to a Washington, DC address or they would be arrested. When the victim told the caller they would borrow the money from their Police Officer friend, the call disconnected, and the caller sought revenge by reporting a person with a gun at the victim’s residence.

Residents are encouraged to report IRS scam calls to Culpeper dispatch (540.727.7900) so that dispatchers can give the additional information to responding deputies if they receive a subsequent “swatting” call.

As a reminder, the IRS reports that they will NEVER:
– call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill,
– demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe,
– require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card,
– ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone, or
– threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.

And:
Caller ID “spoofing,” which allows the caller to adopt a fake phone number and/or name, may be another element of the operation, so residents should not automatically assume the information displayed in their caller ID accurately identifies the caller.

Active Shooter-Work Place Violence Training in Culpeper

Culpeper Sheriff's logo (enlarged)

Culpeper Sheriff’s logo (enlarged)

Press release from Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office:

On Friday, October 24, 2014, about 40 new Culpeper County Public Schools employees attended Active Shooter/Work Place Violence training at Eastern View High School.

The FBI reported that there were 160 active shooter events from 2000 to 2013- an average of one per month, and one-quarter of them occurred at educational settings. Since taking office in 2012, Sheriff Scott H. Jenkins has been strengthening school campus security through assignment of more personnel and advanced tactical training for deputies, and all CCPS employees receive a version of the active shooter training modified for their work.

Detective Tyler Armel gave instruction today, starting with what to expect from the Sheriff’s Office when units respond. Before the 1999 Columbine High School shooting, SWAT teams would have responded by first containing the scene, then identifying the threat and trying to negotiate, and performing an assault as a last resort. After Columbine, law enforcement developed a REACT response: Rapid Engage And Close-quarters Tactics- wherein units quickly evaluate the situation and area, orientate themselves to the scene, decide where to enter, and act to find the shooter and stop them. Armel said he is continuously updating his PowerPoint presentation, citing the addition of Wednesday’s shooting at Canada’s parliament.

Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office has completed threat assessment at Culpeper County’s ten public schools, mapping the buildings with a color-coded, numbered system of coordinates for deputies and CCPS employees to use in case of an active shooter situation and placing exterior Knox boxes with master keys at the schools for the Sheriff’s Office to access them quickly in an emergency. In 2013 CCSO obtained an armored SWAT rescue vehicle to be used for evacuating students and staff safely in an active shooter event.

Detective Armel explained to the audience that their role is two-fold: keeping their students safe and providing dynamic intelligence to law enforcement. The dynamic real-time intelligence about the shooter that a dispatcher can gather from a caller within the school will help law enforcement to stop them faster, and Culpeper County dispatchers receive modified training as well.

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