Victims lose $3250 in phone scam, authorities say
The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office is warning about a phone scam that’s targeting residents in the county. Several people have called the Sheriff’s Office 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. The caller indicates the resident can clear the warrant by making arrangements to give them a pre-paid debit card. There have been two cases with a reported loss.
On Feb. 14, a county resident reported a $1650 loss. On Feb. 18, another resident reported a $1600 loss.
“We want to warn residents these calls have no connection to the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office,” said Sheriff’s spokesman Tony Cipolla in a press release.
“The Sheriff’s Office reminds you that it is not our practice to contact residents by phone regarding these matters,” he said. “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.”