Neighborhood Restaurant Group Family Fund Raises $44K — “Our employees are the lifeblood of this company and form the backbone of this amazing industry; they are the core of our communities and the heart of our restaurant family. We are working to support them through our to-go and delivery efforts and through our gift card sales – and we will continue to do whatever it takes. With your help, we will survive this crisis so we can continue to support our team and the communities in which we operate.” [GoFundMe]
Greener Cleaner of Del Ray Looking For Business on National Laundry Day — “It’s a perfect time to ‘Spring Clean During the Quarantine!’ Winter coats, comforters, rugs, all clothes, and much more accepted. Masks are also available for sale for $8.” [Facebook]
ICYMI: Senior Services of Alexandria Hosts a Public TV Show — “We know most people are aware of the monthly speaker series and other outreach activities including the stocking of Senior Information Corners around town, but did you know that SSA produces a monthly 30-minute cable television program? Check out the current April program that we were able to produce during the current health situation thanks to our amazing volunteers.” [Zebra]
City Warns of Scams During Pandemic — “Remain vigilant for scams related to #COVID19. You may receive fake phone calls or emails with malicious attachments or links to fraudulent websites. Avoid scams and misinformation throughout the pandemic.” [Twitter]
Inova Needs Blood From Former COVID-19 Patients — “The liquid part of the blood (the plasma) will be used to treat some of our sickest COVID-19 patients as the antibodies developed by those who have recovered may assist in the recovery of those still battling COVID.” [Facebook]
Counseling Center Hiring Remote Office Assistant — “The ideal candidate will be a hard-working professional able to undertake a variety of office support tasks and work diligently under pressure. This person will be comfortable working with a high degree of attention to detail and discretion as well as incorporating new and effective ways to achieve better results.” [Indeed]
Del Ray Artisans Has Online Exhibit — “Rust Doug’s art begins with found items from hikes, and these items lead him through a path to his finished pieces.” [Facebook]
Old Town Books Thanks Customers Around the World — “We’ve sent out more than 1,500 orders since closing March 15th. It’s been hard, I’m not gonna lie. I’ve had some really bad days. We’re all so tired. We miss seeing customers and talking about books with you. But I have to remember there’s an end in sight, even if we don’t quite know when that might be. But we’re determined – We’ll be here. You’re keeping us here. We thank you and we love you for that.” [Facebook]
Junction Bakery & Bistro Donates Food to Alexandria Hospital — “To the tireless & hard-working staff at Inova Alexandria Hospital, thank you for letting us treat you to some fresh-baked pastries & cold brew coffee. We hope it was a pick-me-up. If anyone needs it right now, you do.” [Facebook]
Alexandria Film Festival Accepting Submissions — “It will take place over four days this fall – November 12-15 – at AMC Hoffman Center. In existence for 14 years, the festival showcases “exceptional” short and feature-length films by independent filmmakers. Q&A sessions follow screenings, along with related presentations.” [Zebra]
Bunnies, Guinea Pigs Available for Adoption — “As an open adoption facility, the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria sees more than just dogs and cats; they take in all types of animals brought it from across the city. Meet a few of the AWLA’s smaller — but no less furry — residents.” [Alexandria Living]
If someone calls and claims to be from the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office while demanding money, it’s a scam.
That’s the message local law enforcement is trying to get out, as more city residents report receiving phone calls from scammers. It’s not a new scam, but it’s pervasive, leading officials to continue to spread the word.
The advice from the Sheriff’s Office: just hang up if you get a call like this.
More from the city:
If you receive a call from someone saying they are from the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office (or any other Sheriff’s Office) and that you have to pay them money, hang up. Scammers will try a variety of approaches to intimidate and coerce people into giving them money. But actual sheriffs’ offices in Virginia will never call you and demand money.
Don’t be a victim! The callers may identify themselves as law enforcement officers and even use an official sounding title. They may state that you missed jury duty, have an outstanding warrant, failed to pay a fine, or did not appear in court on a summons, and as a result, you must pay them immediately. They may even threaten to have you arrested or send an officer or deputy to take you into custody, unless you give them money or provide them credit card or gift card information.
Do not pay them or disclose any financial or personal information. Simply hang up!
If you have been the victim of a scam, report it to your local police department. The Alexandria Police Department can be reached at 703.746.4444.
If you have any questions about this, please contact Lieutenant Sean Casey at 703.746.5116.
Scam alert! Criminals try different ways to scam people, like saying they are with the Sheriff’s Office and have a warrant for your arrest unless you pay $$$. But actual sheriffs' offices in Virginia will never call you and demand money or gift cards. https://t.co/ttDvQGooHN
— Alexandria Sheriff (@AlexVASheriff) January 17, 2020