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Sheriff's Office: Don't Fall for Jury Duty Scam

Scammers are calling residents and telling them to pay up over the phone or be arrested for not showing up for jury duty, the Fairfax County Sheriff's Office says.

If you receive a threatening phone call related to jury duty, the Sheriff's Office suggests that you hang up immediately.  Patch archive photo
If you receive a threatening phone call related to jury duty, the Sheriff's Office suggests that you hang up immediately. Patch archive photo
This scam was apparently around back in April and the Fairfax County Sheriff's Office warns that it's back again. Here's how it works, they said this week in a news release:

Scammers, identifying themselves as deputy sheriffs, are calling residents of Fairfax County and surrounding jurisdictions, claiming that the resident failed to appear for jury duty and must pay a court fee to avoid arrest.

The Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office is in no way associated with this scam. Sheriff’s deputies will not call you asking for money nor threatening you with arrest.

If you receive a threatening phone call related to jury duty, the Sheriff's Office suggests that you hang up immediately. 

Do not give out personal information such as your Social Security number, bank account or credit card numbers, passwords or any other identifying information. Regularly monitor all of your monetary accounts and always use strong passwords.

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