Sheriff's Office Cautions Residents about Jury Duty and Tax Scams


September 12, 2014

UPDATE: Telephone scammers, identifying themselves as sheriff's deputies, are still calling residents in the area, threatening them with arrest unless they pay the caller a large amount of money, usually on a money card. Please be aware that the Sheriff's Office is in no way associated with this scam. Sheriff's deputies will NOT call to ask you for money or threaten you with arrest. If you receive such a call, please hang up immediately! Do not give out personal or financial information to these callers.

July 1, 2014

Scammers, identifying themselves as deputy sheriffs, are calling residents of Fairfax County, the City of Fairfax and the Towns of Herndon and Vienna, threatening that they will be arrested unless they purchase a money card, such as Green Dot MoneyPak, or wire money through Western Union. Usually, the scammer claims that the resident failed to appear for jury duty or did not pay a tax balance. To add to the confusion, the scammer may use the name of a real sheriff’s deputy or judge, both easily found on the official Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office website.

Please be aware! The Sheriff’s Office is in no way associated with this scam. Sheriff’s deputies will NOT call to ask you for money nor threaten you with arrest.

If you receive a threatening phone call related to jury duty or tax payments, please hang up immediately. Do NOT give out personal information such as your Social Security number, bank account or credit card numbers, passwords or any other identifying information. Regularly monitor all of your accounts and always use strong passwords.

To confirm a jury duty summons, contact the Circuit Court jury duty clerk at 703-246-7816 (press 0). For information about tax scams, visit the IRS consumer alerts page.

 


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