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SLO County Sheriff's Office warns of circulating phone scam

Posted at 6:54 PM, Sep 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-25 21:56:57-04

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office is warning about a phone scam that's once again targeting residents in the County.

Deputies say they have received multiple reports from people who say they had been contacted by someone claiming to be from the Sheriff's Office.

According to a press release, the scammers were able to "spoof" one of the phone numbers from the Sheriff's Office so it appears like the call is coming from their caller ID.

The call reportedly warns residents there was a warrant out for their arrest because they failed to appear for jury duty. The caller indicates the resident can clear the warrant by making arrangements to give them a green dot card/prepaid debit card.

Deputies say there has been one case where a county resident fell victim to this scam with a reported loss of $800.

The sheriff's office wants to warn residents these calls have no connection to the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office.

The Sheriff's Office wants to remind residents that it is not their practice to contact residents by phone regarding such matters.

Anyone who receives a call like this should report it to their local law enforcement agency.