Loudouners an increasingly popular target for scammers; Sheriff’s Office offers tips to stay secure | News

 Loudouners an increasingly popular target for scammers; Sheriff’s Office offers tips to stay secure | News

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office’s daily incident report documents a wide array of crimes and suspicious incidents around the county, divided into four sections based on general location.

But starting in December 2020, the report adopted a fifth, countywide section dedicated to a particular type of crime: scams and fraud.

The Sheriff’s Office added the scams section after the county began to experience an uptick in phone- and internet-based scams. Kraig Troxell, the agency’s director of media relations and communications, said providing numbers on how many reported scams occur in Loudoun at a given time is difficult, since such cases fall into multiple categories of crimes.

However, the nation as a whole has been more heavily targeted by scammers during the COVID-19 health crisis. The Federal…

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