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Police warn of common telephone scam

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San Luis Obispo police are reminding people about a common telephone scam they say is making the rounds once again.

Police say scammers statewide 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, Green Dot cards or gift cards.

Someone reportedly fell for the scam Monday when police say a scammer "spoofed" SLOPD's number, meaning the call appeared to be coming from police, and threatened to arrest the person if they did not use a gift card to pay immediately. 

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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