Phone scammers posing as Sheriff's Office employees

Aug 15, 2014 1:32 PM by News Staff

The Shasta County Sheriff's Office is warning residents about a phone scam that has costs several people more than $1,000.

According to a news release, suspects have been making phone calls posing as Sheriff's Office employees, demanding money to clear arrest warrants for failing to appear for jury duty.

The suspect who had a male voice and spoke with a southern accent, told the victims they needed to go to a store and purchase prepaid credit cards in the amounts of a specific amount. The victims would then be asked to give the card numbers to the officer to get the warrant would be cleared. The suspect would remain on the phone with the victim until the cards were purchased.

The Shasta County Sheriff's Office major crimes unit has been actively investigating the incidents.

All residents are urged to be aware of these scams. If you or someone you know has been a victim of this scam contact the Shasta County Sheriff's Office.


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