Grover Beach Police are warning citizens of an apparent scam in which callers claim to be federal agents and ask for money.
Officers recently received a call from a resident who said a man called them on their cell phone and claimed to be an agent with the Drug Enforcement Agency. The caller then told the resident they were being investigated for buying illegal drugs at an online pharmacy, according to Grover Beach Police.
The caller then said a warrant would be issued for the citizen’s arrest unless a $3,500 Western Union money transfer was sent. The citizen did not send the money and alerted police, officers said.
Police or federal agents do not accept bail money via Western Union money transfer. Anyone who receives such a call is urged to contact their local law enforcement agency or call the DEA’s scam hotline at 1-877-792-2873.