Sheriff’s office warns of phone scam in 2019
–The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office is warning about a phone scam that’s once again targeting residents in San Luis Obispo County.
Several people have recently reported they had been contacted by someone claiming to be from the sheriff’s office. The scammers were able to “spoof” a sheriff’s office phone numbers so it appears like the call is coming from the sheriff’s office on caller ID.
Residents were warned there was a warrant out for their arrest because they failed to appear for jury duty. The caller indicates the resident can clear the warrant by making arrangements to give them a green dot card/prepaid debit card.
There has been one case where a county resident fell victim to this scam with a reported loss of $800.
These calls have no connection to the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office reminds the public that it is not their practice to contact residents by phone regarding these matters. Anyone who receives a call like this should report it to their local law enforcement agency.
Please inform your family and friends about this scam so they can be prepared in the event they receive a call like this.