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 Trade Commission reported in February that consumers lost more than $3.3 billion to fraud…