Loudoun County, VA (August 10, 2014) – The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is advising the community of continuing scams that are using new tactics to target residents in the area.
Over the past two days the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office has received reports from residents who received a text message on their cell phone claiming to be from the Loudoun Credit Union. The text reads as follows: Loudoun Credit Union ALERT: Your VISA #442917 has been temporarily DEACTIVATED. Please call Loudoun Card Services 24hrs line (703) 520-1230.
When you call the number, the automated system has a recorded voice stating that your card has been temporarily deactivated. The recording further states if you received a case number, press “1”, for all other inquiries, press “2”. Both options are automated systems that ask callers to input the 16 digit card number, expiration date, and pin number. If you provide this information to the system, you will be providing information that will allow outside access to your account.
Also in recent weeks residents have reported a caller who identifies himself as being a member of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office. The caller advises that a warrant has been issued for their arrest. The caller then advises that if a fine is paid immediately via a money card, the warrant will be returned.
In recent cases, the phone numbers have been spoofed where the victim’s caller ID showed the call originating from the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office non-emergency number. Caller ID’s can be susceptible to fraud as callers can deliberately falsify the number or name relayed on the Caller ID information to disguise their identity.
Residents who receive these calls are advised that although scammers can spoof the number, they cannot intercept calls made to the Loudoun Sheriff’s Office. If you suspect that you have received a call from scammers pretending to be law enforcement or government agencies, you should hang up and call the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office immediately at 703-777-1021.
The Loudoun County Sheriff’s also asks residents to be extremely cautious if you are asked to provide money via money transfers (Western Union) or pre-paid money cards (Green-Dot). This is just like sending cash. Although tracking numbers are provided, often the money goes to foreign countries making local prosecution nearly impossible. Also, law enforcement and other government agencies will not request a citizen provide them with money in lieu of serving an arrest warrant.
If you are a resident of Loudoun County and believe you were a victim 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. Scams are occurring with great frequency and take various forms. Please visit the website http://www.lookstoogoodtobetrue.com/ for further information on the variety of consumer scams that are taking place.