Phone Scam Alert from the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff

June 23, 2014 · 16 comments

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This morning the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff received several calls from citizens concerned about callers telling them they did not show up in court and therefore had to pay a fine.

The following is from the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff:

The Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff would again like to warn the public about people who are impersonating employees of the Office of the Sheriff.

An unknown man has called residents in the area claiming to be a representative of the Office of the Sheriff. The caller usually tells listeners that they failed to appear for jury duty or a court case, have an outstanding traffic violation or warrant for their arrest and that unless they pay hundreds of dollars in fines and fees, they will be arrested.

And, in order to avoid this, the caller instructs listeners to make payment over the phone through reloadable prepaid cards that could be purchased at a local store or through cashier’s checks. These callers are also giving listeners actual phone numbers to the Office of the Sheriff.

It is not the practice of the Office of the Sheriff, or any law enforcement agency to have people pay fines or fees by paying through reloadable prepaid cards. Nor are citizens ever contacted in this way.

Many people have been victimized by this type of fraudulent activity. Anyone receiving 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.

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1 The Closer June 23, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Reloadable prepaid cards? Really? How could anyone possibly fall for this stuff? SMH.

2 I AM AMAZED AT JUST HOW STUPID PEOPLE ARE!!!! GET OFF THE DRUGS PEOPLE!!!! June 23, 2014 at 2:57 PM

Who falls for this…

COME ON WHO IS THAT STUPID!!!!

3 Watch out for that Tree.... June 23, 2014 at 3:05 PM

My sister works at Home Depot in Farfield and she told me that no less than 5 sets of seniors came into her store and wanted to buy the prepaid reloadable cards because someone called them and said that their grandchild was in jail and needed to be bailed out. Had she not talked to them and convinced them it was a con, they would have fallen. You never knows who will fall for those things.

4 Antler June 23, 2014 at 3:18 PM

Wishing Claycord had a Facebook and an email icon under each article like this. Awkward on an iPad otherwise when one needs to share …..will do a cut-and -paste the next time I’m on main computer. Thank you for all advisories like this, Mayor!

5 ..... June 23, 2014 at 3:29 PM

I would push them to show up to “collect the thousands of dollars owing”…. then have Concord PD around the corner waiting.

6 Here's an idea! June 23, 2014 at 4:01 PM

They should make it law (come on Bonilla and desaulnier) to require a sign regarding these scam and cons be posted where Pre-paid cards are sold!!! Then the consumer can think twice and even talk to the cashier (like the gal in the first post) regarding Pre-paid cards and scams!!!

7 Deborah June 23, 2014 at 4:03 PM

Identity theft and credit card scams are again on the rise, People need to get a job instead of stealing from all of us who work to make a living. It seems that these low life’s are everywhere. Its time to really punish these people so the next time people might think before they act. This also needs to be all over the 6 o’clock news to inform those who aren’t on facebook.

8 Anonymom June 23, 2014 at 4:06 PM

This is really bad right now and to The Closer…we could all wish to be so perfect. The people falling for this are senior citizens, citizens who’s secondary language is English and for some people it’s hard to decipher whether this is legit or not. These scammers are spoofing phone numbers and using law enforcement numbers to call from. It’s important to make people aware. Especially our older generations who may not be able to tell.

9 funny man June 23, 2014 at 4:12 PM

a wise man once said, “theres a sucker born every minute”

10 Little Boo June 23, 2014 at 4:56 PM

When did the Sheriff’s Department become the Office of the Sheriff?

11 waverunner June 23, 2014 at 5:23 PM

And Deborah, the public needs to smarten up and not be so gullible. Children of seniors need to enlighten them as to how to deal with these situations so that they are not taken in by these scams.

12 The Closer June 23, 2014 at 5:44 PM

@Anonymom

Are you kidding me? It’s hard to to decipher whether this legit or not? These scams have been around for years. Do old people not have tvs or read newspapers? This scam has more red flags than a May day parade. Law enforcement will never ask for money over the phone. Prepaid cards? Really? If you fall for this scam I,ve got an old Bay Bridge I’ll sell you cheap.

13 Atticus Thraxx June 23, 2014 at 5:56 PM

I could have so much fun with calls like this….how come I never get them? I damn near old.

14 Just a Thought June 23, 2014 at 9:08 PM

How to reach the populace that is victimized by this tactic: Television and Radio! Surely some older former TV star or sports figure would be willing to make a public announcement. Someone that our elders would trust.

15 94598 June 24, 2014 at 7:50 AM

no punishment for criminals- thats why this continues!

My elderly father received nonstop calls similar to this for many years. Telling them not to call back and informing them that you are on the Do Not Call Registry doesn’t help either. Time to punish criminals.

16 Retired LEO June 24, 2014 at 9:04 AM

Just got one yesterday from the Gwinnett County District Attorney’s office – funnier than hell, considering I’ve never been to Georgia.

They were tripping all over themselves!

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