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Scammers demanding gift card payments for bail, food deliveries

Posted at 8:33 PM, Apr 10, 2020

San Luis Obispo County District Attorney Dan Dow is warning residents to beware of scams and price gouging related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dow says two recent phone scams have been identified in the area in which potential victims are told to purchase gift cards to be used either for posting bail at the sheriff's office or to pay for food offered through the county's free food and prescription delivery program for seniors and self-isolating residents.

Dow says the county will never call to request payment for fees in the form of gift cards and reminds residents to never release personal information, such as bank account or Social Security numbers.

Price gouging related to the COVID-19 pandemic is also illegal, and Dow is encouraging anyone who believes they've witnessed price gouging or been the victim of a scam to contact the District Attorney's Office at (805) 781-5800 or