The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is urging residents to be alert to a telephone tax scam like one recently reported by a Sterling resident.
According to the sheriff’s office, the resident received a call from someone claiming to be an officer involved in a state investigation. The resident was told a family member faced several criminal charges because of owed back taxes. The caller then stated the case could be settled out of court or they would be arrested.
The resident terminated the call before providing any financial information and then contacted the sheriff’s office.
According to the sheriff’s office, similar cases have been reported in the area in recent years. In most of these scams the caller will ask the victim to provide debit card information to pay for the supposed back taxes. Residents are advised to never provide personal or financial information if they did not initiate the contact.
Anyone who believes they were victims of this type of scam should contact the sheriff’s office at 703-777-1021 or file a report online at http://sheriff.loudoun.gov/reportonline.