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New phone scam targeting registered sex offenders

The Tehama County Sheriff’s Office is warning citizens of a new phone scam.

Posted: Feb 9, 2021 10:29 AM

TEHAMA COUNTY, Calif. – Over the past week, the Tehama County Sheriff’s Office said it has been receiving calls of a phone scam targeting registered sex offenders.

The unknown caller contacts registered sex offenders purporting to be an employee of the Tehama County Sheriff’s Office. The caller claims that there is a warrant for the arrest of the registered sex offender and demands that the registrant obtain a prepaid Visa card to pay the bail for the warrant.

Tehama County Sheriff’s Office deputies said they will never call and threaten to arrest you because you have an outstanding arrest warrant — or missed jury duty — or have a tax bill due — or anything similar to this.

Deputies say they will also never ask you to place funds for payment on a pre-paid credit card to “cancel the arrest warrant,” or to pay a phony federal tax bill, or some other made-up charge.

The sheriff’s office is warning citizens that anytime someone tells you to get a pre-paid credit card to take care of a fine or anything like it over the phone – it’s a scam.

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