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


December 1, 2015

Telephone scammers, identifying themselves as sheriff's deputies, are calling area residents claiming that they failed to appear for jury duty and will be arrested unless they pay the caller a large amount of money, usually on a money card. Please be aware that the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office is in no way associated with this scam. Sheriff’s deputies will NOT call you asking for money or threatening you with arrest. Sometimes the telephone scammers claim that the resident failed to pay a utility bill or a tax balance. To add to the confusion, the scammer may use the name of a real sheriff’s deputy or a judge, both easily found on the official Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office website. If you receive a threatening phone call, 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 about yourself or your family members. Regularly monitor all of your monetary 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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