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Loudoun sheriff’s office warns residents of new court-related scam

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office (LCSO) is reminding residents that law enforcement will never contact them to collect fines for outstanding warrants.

The warning comes after detectives have learned of a new twist in court-related scams. Scammers are pretending to be from a sheriff's office and seeking to collect money for fines.

This week, a Loudoun resident was called by a person claiming to be a Lt. Vance Barry with the Alexandria Sheriff's Office. The caller said a warrant was issued for the resident’s arrest because they failed to report for a court date. They went on to say the victim could avoid arrest by paying a fine by obtaining money cards from a local store. 

The victim was asked if they resided in Alexandria. After saying they lived in Loudoun County, they were told by the caller that after paying the monies they should travel to the Loudoun County Courts Complex on Sept. 20 for a rescheduled court date. They were then told to meet with Gary M. Clemens, the clerk of the Circuit Court, and their money would be refunded. 

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office along with the Clemens are stressing under no circumstances would a law enforcement official in Virginia be permitted to collect fines of this nature.

Instead, only the judges of the Circuit Court can order the payment of fines for failure to report for a court date or jury duty. However, individuals would be required to attend a court hearing and explain why they neglected to report for a court date or jury duty before any fines are assessed.

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