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Residents Warned of Telephone-Based Jury Duty Scam
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Residents Warned of Telephone-Based Jury Duty Scam

Loudoun County, VA:  The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office and the Loudoun County Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court are advising residents of a potential telephone-based scam known as the “jury duty scam”.  

In the jury duty scam, the scammer, posing as a local court worker, tells you that a warrant has been issued for your arrest or you owe a fine because you failed to report for jury duty. During the phone call, the scammer will ask for your date of birth and Social Security number so that he or she can "verify" your jury duty notice. In some cases the scammers will ask for other confidential information such as credit card or bank account information.  

According to Gary M. Clemens, the Loudoun Clerk of the Circuit Court, a court official will never ask for any personal information such as your Social Security number over the telephone. Residents who are concerned whether or not the phone call is valid are advised to ask the caller for a phone number so they can verify the call is coming from the courts office.    

The jury duty scam works on the victims' emotions. The shock of being told they are about to be arrested will place most people off guard and less vigilant about protecting their personal information.  

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office reminds residents to never give out personal information when you receive an unsolicited phone call.

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