County Officials Warn of Telephone Scam Using Jury Duty Threats

County Officials Warn of Telephone Scam Using Jury Duty Threats

Loudoun County officials are warning residents of a telephone scam in which the caller says they have missed jury duty and must pay a fine or face arrest.

Loudoun Clerk of the Circuit Court Gary M. Clemens said his office has had reports of a person claiming to be a law enforcement officer — even using the name of an actual LCSO deputy– has called residents asking for payment of fines for failure to report for jury duty. Clemens reports that this effort is an attempt to defraud citizens by taking advantage of their fear of potential legal problems for skipping jury duty.

“Any citizen who receives a telephone call from someone claiming to be a local law enforcement official requesting money for failure to appear for jury duty should refrain from submitting any payment,”  Clemens said.

Failure to report for jury duty will result in the citizen receiving notice from the Clerk’s Office that the individual did not report for jury duty and the citizen will be provided with an opportunity to explain why he or she did not report for mandatory jury duty.

In addition:

  • The only individual who will direct a citizen to pay any fines or fees for missing jury duty will be a circuit court judge.
  • In that situation, the citizen will receive notice in writing from the Court and/or the Clerk of the Circuit Court that fines and/or fees are required as directed by the Court.
  • No local law enforcement officer will contact citizens to demand payment for missing jury duty.

Clemens suggests that Loudoun citizens collect as much information as possible about the individual calling to demand payment for failure to report for jury duty and then contact the sheriff’s office to file a police report.

“Collecting sufficient information from the caller will enable local law enforcement to conduct an investigation if necessary,”  Clemens said.

If you believe you have been the victim or target of a scam, you are asked to contact the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office at 703-777-1021 or file a report online at ReportOnline.

Joseph Dill