SCAM ALERT: Scammers posing as deputies in Fairfax Co.

FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. (WUSA9) -- The Fairfax County Sheriff's Office is warning residents about a scam in the county.

Officials say scammers are calling people, pretending to be deputy sheriffs, and threatening that the callers will be arrested unless they purchase a money card, such as Green Dot MoneyPak, or wire money through Western Union.

The scam is happening in Fairfax County, the City of Fairfax and the Towns of Herndon and Vienna.

Officials say the scammer usually claims that the resident failed to appear for jury duty or did not pay a tax balance. The scammer may use the real name of a sheriff's deputy or judge from the official Fairfax County Sheriff's Office website.

Sheriff's deputies say they will NOT call to ask you for money nor threaten you with arrest. If you receive a threatening phone call related to jury duty or tax payments, please hang up immediately.


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