ARLINGTON, Va. – The Arlington County Police Department and Sheriff’s Office are warning the public about a missed jury duty telephone scam targeting County residents.
There have been a total of fifteen cases in September in Arlington County with the latest incident being reported on September 25, 2015, where a 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.
Subjects will use a variety of different phone scams and the Arlington County Police Department wants the public to be aware of the recent string of scams and past cases so you don’t become a victim. In addition to the recent jury duty scam, the Police Department has received fraud reports in the past regarding utility companies threatening to shut of services if not provided immediate payment; IRS collecting fees for unpaid taxes; and family members allegedly being held hostage or having suffered injury requiring payment. Please hang up immediately and report this information to the non-emergency line.