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Posted on: September 22, 2017

LCSO Investigates New Court-Related Scam, Victim Advised to Meet with Clerk of Circuit Court

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
September 22, 2017

Contact: 

Kraig Troxell, Media Relations and Communications Manager, 703-771-5278
[email protected]

Alex Kowalski, Public Information Officer, 703-777-0625 
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Loudoun County, VA – The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is again reminding residents that law enforcement will never contact you to collect fines for an outstanding warrant after detectives learned of the latest twist by scammers in court-related scams.

This week a Loudoun resident received a call from a person claiming to be a Lt. Vance Barry with the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office. The caller stated that a warrant has been issued for the resident’s arrest because they failed to report for a court date. The caller went on to say that the victim can avoid arrest by paying a fine by obtaining money cards from a local store. 

In the latest twist, the victim was asked if they resided in Alexandria. After explaining they lived in Loudoun County, they were told by the caller that after paying the monies they should travel to the Loudoun County Courts Complex on September 20, 2017 for a rescheduled court date. They were then told to meet with Gary M. Clemens, the Clerk of the Circuit Court, and their money would be refunded. 
 
According to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office and the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court, under no circumstance would a law enforcement official in Virginia be permitted to collect fines of this nature. Only the judges of the circuit court can order the payment of fines for failure to report for a court date or jury duty, but individuals would be required to attend a court hearing and explain why they neglected to report for a court date or jury duty before any fines are assessed.
 
If you are a resident of Loudoun County and believe you were a victim of this scam or of a similar scam, please contact the Loudoun County Sheriff’s at 703-777-1021 or file a report online at http://sheriff.loudoun.gov/reportonline.  
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