The Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office is warning the community about a phone scam involving an individual posing as an employee of the Sheriff’s Office.
The scammer tells the resident they have an active warrant and must immediately make a payment to avoid legal consequences, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
“It is important to note that the scammer is utilizing technology to manipulate caller ID systems, making it appear that the calls originate from legitimate Sheriff’s Office phone numbers,” the Sheriff’s Office stated.
The Sheriff’s Office added the law enforcement agencies never demand payments over the phone, including through gift cards, or threaten arrest for unpaid fees or fines.
To handle such calls, the Sheriff’s Office advises to hang up and to never provide private, personal information.