Sheriff's Office Alerts Residents to Phone Scams
Be alert to phone scams! The Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office will NOT call you claiming that a warrant is outstanding for your failure to appear in court or that you missed jury duty, failed to pay a utility bill or owe the IRS for unpaid taxes.
Telephone scammers, FALSELY claiming to be Sheriff’s deputies, are seeking personal information and threatening you with arrest so that they can take your money. The scammers may request credit card information for court costs and provide you with a “new” court date. Or they will direct you to go to Walmart, CVS or Rite Aid and purchase a green dot money card. PLEASE HANG UP on these scammers! 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.
Learn more about avoiding various scams, how to recover from identity theft and how to report if you have been the victim of a financial crime. Please share this information with your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers.
- If you are the victim of a scam in Fairfax County, report it to through the Police Department’s Financial Crimes Information and Reporting System.
- To verify if you or someone else may have an outstanding warrant, call the Police Department’s warrant desk at 703-246-4231, TTY 711.
- 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 identity theft reporting and recovery, review the Federal Trade Commission’s help guide.
- To learn more about consumer issues, visit Fairfax County’s consumer education page.