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Sheriff’s office warns of new scam

Friday, Feb. 21 — The Lassen County Sheriff’s Office wants people to be aware a scam is occurring in multiple counties in California.

Some sheriff’s offices are receiving multiple reports of citizens reporting phone calls from someone identifying themselves as an employee of their county sheriff’s office.

The person impersonating a sheriff’s office employee advises the citizen a warrant is about to be issued in the citizen’s name unless a payment is made within 90 minutes. The caller may be using a technique known as “caller ID spoofing, which allows the caller to make their phone number appear to be from the sheriff’s office. This is a scam and the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office does not call citizens to advise them of warrants being issued.

If you receive a phone call from someone identifying themselves as a Lassen County Sheriff’s Office employee advising of a warrant being issued or requesting payment, do not provide any personal information or credit card numbers.
If you receive such a call, report it to the sheriff’s office by calling the non-emergency phone number 257-6121.

The sheriff’s office has not received any reports of this scam occurring in Lassen County, but it is likely to occur based on what staff is hearing from other jurisdictions. Help the local law enforcement agency prevent these crimes by letting your friends and family know about this scam.

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