Loudoun County news in brief

February 17
Callers claim to be from IRS, demand bogus tax payments

Loudoun County residents are among people who have been targeted by telephone scam artists claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service or a local law enforcement agency and threatening arrest if taxes and fines are not paid, the Loudoun Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

Authorities remind residents that IRS employees will never ask for credit card numbers, prepaid debit cards or wire transfers. In most cases, taxpayers with a tax issue will be initially contacted by mail.

People who receive a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS should contact the IRS at 800-829-1040 to determine whether there is a legitimate issue.

Residents who think they have been targeted by scam artists should call the sheriff’s office at 703-777-1021 or file a report at www.sheriff.loudoun.gov/reportonline.

Those targeted should also contact the Treasury inspector general for tax administration at 800-366-4484.

Authorities said that a complaint should also be filed with the Federal Trade Commission via the “FTC Complaint Assistant” at www.ftc.gov, with “IRS Telephone Scam” added to the comments of the complaint.

Free lecture to offer advice on creating organic gardens

The Loudoun County Master Gardeners will present a free lecture about transforming small spaces into organic gardens. The program will be at 7 p.m. March 6 at Rust Library in Leesburg, the gardening group said in a statement.

The program will be led by D.C. urban farmer, gardener and small-business owner Meredith Sheperd.

Sheperd established her business, Love and Carrots, in May 2011 and has won several awards for her sustainable landscaping. Her mission is to help homeowners bring nutritious food to their tables by transforming what she calls “biological deserts” — also known as lawns — into edible landscapes that provide beneficial ecosystems for insects and birds.

County tourism office seeks new board members

Visit Loudoun, the Loudoun County Convention and Visitors Association, is looking for residents to serve three-year terms on its board of directors, from July 1 through June 30, 2017, with a transition period beginning in May.

The new board of directors will be elected by Visit Loudoun members at the Visit Loudoun annual meeting and tourism awards luncheon May 7.

Applications are due at the Visit Loudoun office by Feb. 28. The office is at 112-G South St. SE, Leesburg. Electronic submissions may be sent to Greg Harp at harp@visitloudoun.org.

Information on Visit Loudoun and the board of directors is at www.visitloudoun.org/industry/about-visit-loudoun.

— Compiled by Caitlin Gibson

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