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U.S. Attorney Kavanaugh Urges Residents to Stay Vigilant Against Cyber Fraud

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Virginia
Public Service Announcement Video Released to Multiple Media Outlets

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – United States Attorney Christopher R. Kavanaugh released a video public service announcement today to news media throughout the Western District of Virginia that urges residents to stay vigilant against cyber fraud, investment schemes, and other forms of online deception.

“Fraudsters are using high-pressure tactics and promises of low or no risk investments in an attempt to steal the hard-earned money of our citizens, especially our seniors,” U.S. Attorney Kavanaugh said today. “The United States Attorney’s Office, along with our law enforcement partners at the federal, state and local levels, are committed to protecting you.”

These scammers often reach out by phone, text message or email, claiming high returns on investments, often in the form of crypto-currency. They are becoming more creative, sophisticated, and aggressive.

“To protect yourself, never send money to anyone you do not know and research who you are investing your hard-earned money with,” U.S. Attorney Kavanaugh added. “If you feel rushed, or if you are told not to discuss the investment opportunity with others, you are being scammed.”

For more information about these scams, or what to do if you feel you have been a victim of a scam, please visit

In addition to being sent to local media stations, the PSA has also been posted to the Western District of Virginia’s newly-launched YouTube page:

Updated May 3, 2023