From our friends at the Sheriff's Department:
It's a startling
phone call you could receive: "There's a warrant out for your
A scam going on right now in San Diego County hopes that fear will cause you to
act without thinking. These scams are currently telling victims that a warrant
for their arrest has been issued due to a failure to pay taxes or to appear for
jury duty, but may entail other false threats.
The caller is very pushy and poses as an employee of the Sheriff's Department.
To make the pitch very convincing, the scammer will:
• use the name of an actual Sheriff's Department employee
• give the actual telephone number of a Sheriff's Station or Substation
• have some of your personal information such as a former address or your date
• threaten you with jail time or taking away your driver license
• ask for more personal information
• ASK FOR MONEY either with a credit, debit or prepaid card
Recent cases in the East County have involved the scammers using a technique
called "Caller Spoofing." What this means is the scammer will call
their intended victim and make the incoming call appear to be coming from a
legitimate government agency such as the Sheriff's Department.
Impersonating a Sheriff's Deputy is a violation of state law. REMEMBER, no
deputy or employee of the Sheriff's Department will ever contact members of the
public by telephone to demand money or any other form of payment. If you get
this type of call, hang up IMMEDIATELY.
Since 2010, the Truth in Caller ID Act has prohibited caller ID spoofing with
the intent to defraud or cause harm. If you receive one of these calls, go to
the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) website at www.fcc.gov/complaints to report the
incident. If you are a victim of a scam, call the Sheriff's Department at (858)
People with outstanding warrants are encouraged to turn themselves in Monday
through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at any one of the Sheriff's Court
Facilities. For a list of locations, visit: http://goo.gl/y035S.
For more information on warrants and bail notices, visit: http://goo.gl/J5N5g. To check if you have an
outstanding warrant in the County of San Diego, visit: http://goo.gl/J5N5g.
To watch a Sheriff's safety video about warrant scams, follow us on VIMEO: http://goo.gl/iXuT4n.
To learn more about the Sheriff's Financial Crimes Unit, visit: http://www.sdsheriff.net/financial