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Police warn residents of recent phone scam

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The San Luis Obispo Police Department says it has received several reports in the past few months about a common telephone scam.

Police say scammers portray themselves as members of law enforcement and tell potential victims that they missed jury duty, received a citation and have a warrant out for their arrest, or a family member has been arrested and needs bail money. Victims are directed to pay the fines using Pay Pal or Green Dot cards.

Officers say police departments and the courts will never seek payment over the phone or ask citizens to pay fines using that type of payment system.

If you receive such a call, you're encouraged to call your local police or sheriff's office before sending any money or providing your credit card information to anyone.

Anyone with additional information about these scams is asked to call the San Luis Obispo Police Department at (805) 781-7312 or Crime Stoppers at (805) 549-STOP. Tips to Crime Stoppers can be made anonymously.

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