Loudoun County, VA (January 20, 2021) – In light of recent scams targeting local businesses the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is reminding members of the community to be wary of imposter email scams.
Recently the LCSO has received several reports of businesses receiving email messages that appear to come from a known source such as a supervisor or client. The emails are from impersonators who use similar email addresses to scam an employee or your company out of money. The emails include slight variations of the actual contact’s address.
In some cases, the email may appear to be from a supervisor requesting you to purchase gift cards to send to employees as rewards or from a vendor your company regularly deals with sending an invoice with an updated address for payment.
The LCSO Financial Crimes Unit reminds residents and business owners to carefully examine email addresses, URLs, and spelling used in any correspondence. Never open an email attachment from someone you do not know, and never click on any links in an unsolicited email or text.
If you are a resident of Loudoun County and believe you or your company were a victim of a scam, please contact the Loudoun County Sheriff’s at 703-777-1021 or file a report online at http://sheriff.loudoun.gov/reportonline.