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County sheriff's office says phone scammers threaten arrest to get money

Citizens are never contacted in this manner by law enforcement, officials say

The Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office is warning people about a scam involving phone calls from someone claiming to be from the sheriff's office, saying there's a warrant for their arrest and they will be arrested unless they pay them money.

The sheriff's office says on its Facebook page "The Sheriff's Office does not have people pay fines or fees through reloadable prepaid cards. Nor are citizens ever contacted in this way."

"The Sheriff's Office would like to warn people about this scam which has multiple versions," officials added. "Scammers have also had listeners make payment over the phone through reloadable prepaid cards that could be purchased at a local store."

Authorities say many people have already been taken by the scam and anyone getting such a call "should refuse to provide any personal information to the caller or simply hang up.

"Please contact your local law enforcement agency and notify them of the incident to see if a report could be taken."

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County sheriff's office says phone scammers threaten arrest to get money

Citizens are never contacted in this manner by law enforcement, officials say

by Tony Hicks / BCN Foundation /

Uploaded: Fri, Nov 25, 2022, 5:34 am

The Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office is warning people about a scam involving phone calls from someone claiming to be from the sheriff's office, saying there's a warrant for their arrest and they will be arrested unless they pay them money.

The sheriff's office says on its Facebook page "The Sheriff's Office does not have people pay fines or fees through reloadable prepaid cards. Nor are citizens ever contacted in this way."

"The Sheriff's Office would like to warn people about this scam which has multiple versions," officials added. "Scammers have also had listeners make payment over the phone through reloadable prepaid cards that could be purchased at a local store."

Authorities say many people have already been taken by the scam and anyone getting such a call "should refuse to provide any personal information to the caller or simply hang up.

"Please contact your local law enforcement agency and notify them of the incident to see if a report could be taken."

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Harrison Tamaki
Registered user
Danville
on Nov 29, 2022 at 12:10 pm
Harrison Tamaki, Danville
Registered user
on Nov 29, 2022 at 12:10 pm

The best bet is not to donate any money to agencies claiming humanitarian objectives.

Most are exploitive.


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