ARLINGTON, Va. – The Arlington County Police Department and Sheriff’s Office is warning the public about a missed jury duty telephone scam targeting County residents.
The latest incident was reported yesterday, January 26, 2015, where an Arlington County resident received a phone call from an individual claiming to be a Lieutenant with the Sheriff’s Office. The victim was accused of failing to appear for jury duty and a warrant for their arrest was to be issued unless a fine is paid. The suspect asked for a “good faith” payment to be made immediately with a debit card and PIN number. The victim provided this information to the suspect and fraudulent charges appeared in the victim’s account.
If you receive a call of this nature, immediately hang up with the caller and verify the claim by calling the Arlington County Sheriff’s Office at 703.228.4460. Never use a phone number provided to you from the caller to verify their credibility. Also, never provide personal PIN numbers to anyone over the phone. There is never a need to provide a personal PIN, this is a fraudulent request.
After making a verification call, if you find that you were a victim of a scam or were a target, please file an online police report at https://police.arlingtonva.us/online-police-reporting-system/ or call the non-emergency police line at 703.558.2222.