FRAUD ALERT: Jury Duty Phone Scam Targets Arlington County Citizens

Published on January 05, 2017

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.

The latest incident was reported yesterday, January 4, 2017, 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 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 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, please file an online police report at 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 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 you receive a call of this nature, please 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 or visit the police website.