Warning: 'Green dot' money card scam in Loudoun County

1:11 PM, Sep 9, 2013   |    comments
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STERLING, Va. (WUSA9) -- The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office authorities want county residents to look out for a telephone scam where the caller is impersonating a law enforcement official and asking for money to clear up a fine.

According to authorities, the scam involves a person identifying himself as a Loudoun County deputy or other law enforcement official. The caller then tells a resident that there is a warrant out for their arrest for offenses including traffic offenses, back taxes, and debts. Authorities say the caller will tell the citizen that the fine can be taken care of by obtaining a "green dot" money card, or by wiring the fine via Western Union. If the citizen refuses, then the caller threatens to send units out for their arrest, according to authorities.

Sheriff's office authorities say no law enforcement agency, including the LCSO, will call a citizen requesting he or she pay a fine or try to collect it over the telephone. Several citizens have reported receiving these calls in the last few weeks. Recent crime reports show several of these calls were made to citizens in Sterling and Leesburg.

If you have any questions as to the validity of a telephone call from any law enforcement agency, or have been a victim of this telephone scam, then you are asked to call the LCSO non-emergency dispatch line at 703-777-1021.

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