Recently, Claycord.com posted a story from the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff (CCCOS) regarding scammers who are calling people over the phone, saying there is a warrant out for the person’s arrest, and they must pay a fine.
Today, we got a message from the Clayton Police, who say it’s been happening in their city, too.
Clayton Police Chief Chris Thorsen says his office has received reports from several people who have answered similar calls in the last several days. Most of the time the caller states they are from a law enforcement agency, most recently the Placer County Sheriff’s Office. He says scammers are also claiming to be from PG&E and other utility companies.
Chief Thorsen says often the caller will leave a call back number, but says their investigation shows the call-back number is linked to a disposable cell phone, which is untraceable.
This makes it difficult, if not impossible for them to follow-up on the cases.
Clayton Police have have received at least ten calls in the last two days advising them of this scam.
Always remember, no legitimate company or law enforcement agency will ask you to remit payment using a gift card or similar form of payment. These are scammers attempting to take advantage of our community. Please hang up, and report any suspicious calls to your local law enforcement agency.