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Sheriff’s office warns of phone scam in 2016 


Caller claims they are from sheriff’s office, demands payment over the phone

–The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office is warning the public about a phone scam that’s targeting a number of residents in the county. Several people have called recently to report they had been contacted by someone claiming to be from the sheriff’s office. They were warned there was a warrant out for their arrest because they failed to appear for jury duty or they missed a court date. The caller indicates the resident can clear the warrant by making arrangements for payment usually with a pre-paid debit card.

The sheriff’s office wants to warn residents that these calls have no connection to them. The sheriff’s office reminds that it is not their practice to contact residents by phone regarding these matters, and they will never ask for money over the phone. 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.


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