Sacramento Sheriff’s Department Warns Residents of Ongoing Phone Scam

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The Sacramento Sheriff’s Department is warning residents of an ongoing telephone scam from people who claim to work for local law enforcement agencies.

Scammers call residents and identify themselves as sergeants or lieutenants with the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department. The callers tell victims they have outstanding warrants for their arrest or have missed jury duty and are in jeopardy of being arrested, according to the sheriff’s department.

The callers provide instructions to the call recipients on how to “pay off” the warrant or fine and will often leave a callback number with a local area code, according to the sheriff’s department.

The Sacramento Sheriff’s Department wants to let residents know that local law enforcement agencies will never solicit outstanding fines, warrants or citations by telephone.

Law enforcement officials urge residents who think they may be victims of the scam to file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.