The Arlington County Police Department and Sheriff’s Office are warning the public about a missed jury duty telephone scam targeting county residents.
The latest incident was reported on, Jan. 4, 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.
If residents receive a call like this, immediately hang up with the caller and verify the claim by calling the Arlington County Sheriff’s Office at 703-228-4460. Do not use a phone number provided by the caller to verify their credibility. Also, never provide personal information such as bank account numbers to anyone over the phone.
After making a verification call, if you find that you were a target or victim of a scam, file an online police report at http://police.arlingtonva.us/online-police-reporting-system/ or call the non-emergency police line at 703-558-2222.
In addition to the recent jury duty scam, the Police Department has received fraud reports in the past regarding utility companies threatening to shut off 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. If residents receive a call of this nature, hang up immediately and report this information to the non-emergency line. Individuals seeking additional information about fraud can contact the Arlington County Police Department’s Financial Crimes Unit at FinancialCrimes@arlingtonva.us or visit the police website at https://police.arlingtonva.us/prevention-safety/fraud/.