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SLO Co. residents told to beware of recent phone scam

Posted at 12:46 PM, Apr 03, 2020

Sheriff’s officials are warning of a recent phone scam targeting San Luis Obispo County residents.

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office says several people have reported being contacted by someone claiming to be a deputy sheriff.

The caller tells the person there is a grand jury warrant out for their arrest and that it can be cleared by posting bail with purchased gift cards.

The sheriff’s office says it is not common for them to call people for matters like this, adding deputies would never request money or gifts cards as payment for bail.

One woman who received the call told KSBY it was very upsetting and she initially believed she could have overlooked something with everything going on due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The sheriff’s office says anyone who received a call such as this should report it to the sheriff’s office at (805) 781-4550 or another local law enforcement agency.

“We encourage you to please inform your family and friends about this scam so they can be prepared in the event they receive a call like this,” the sheriff’s office said in a press release.