Sheriff's Office warns of telephone scam

newsroom@thetribunenews.comFebruary 28, 2014 

A phone scam has been reported in the area involving callers who identify themselves as representatives of the county Sheriff’s Office and demand payment of a fine.

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents that the calls are bogus and to report any such calls to them.

The scammers say that they are calling about a delinquent fine and that if it is not paid immediately the Sheriff’s Office will issue an arrest warrant. The callers ask for residents’ bank account number so the fine can be withdrawn electronically, and their email address, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.

The Sheriff’s Office says that it does not contact residents by phone regarding fines and warns against providing personal or financial information over the phone.

Similar scams have been reported recently by sheriff’s departments in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.

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