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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