The Yuba City Police Department is warning residents of a telephone scam in which the caller states there is a warrant for someone’s arrest and threatens jail unless payment is received, typically by use of a pre-paid card such as Green Dot.
The caller claims to be with the local police or sheriff’s department and frequently uses computer software that displays the local law enforcement telephone number on caller ID.
“This scam surfaces periodically,” says YCPD Lieutenant James Runyen, but appears to be more prevalent during the holidays. “We have had multiple reports of calls of this type within the past few weeks.”
Residents are encouraged to just hang up on the caller and not engage in conversation. “The Yuba City Police Department does not make telephone calls advising of warrants, and we do not accept ‘payment’ to clear a warrant,” says Lt. Runyen.
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