Sheriff's Office Cautions Residents about New Phone Scams
March 9, 2015
Telephone scammers, identifying themselves as sheriff's deputies, are calling residents in the area, threatening them with arrest unless they pay the caller a large amount of money, usually on a money card, such as Green Dot MoneyPak, or wire money through Western Union. Similar scams were ongoing in 2014. The new scammers are referencing the IRS and a past due tax balance. Scammers may also claim that you failed to appear for jury duty or have an outstanding arrest warrant. Please be aware that the Sheriff's Office is in no way associated with any of these scams. Sheriff's deputies will NOT call to ask you for money or threaten you with arrest. 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.
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. Do NOT confirm any personal or financial information that the caller may appear to have. Regularly monitor all of your financial 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. To learn more about telephone scams in general, visit the Federal Trade Commission's Consumer Information page.