The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office has received a large number of reports countywide the past several days regarding a familiar phone scam where the caller poses as a Sheriff’s deputy and tells the resident that there is a bench warrant issued for his or her arrest for failing to show up for jury duty. The caller then offers to resolve the warrant if the citizen purchases a pre-paid credit card and provides the card number during a subsequent call. In many cases, the scammer used the name of a deputy actually employed by the Sheriff’s Office. The call appears to be coming directly from the Sheriff’s Office making it seem even more legitimate.
“If you receive a phone call of this nature, you should immediately hang up and call the Sheriff’s Office or any other law enforcement agency where the caller claims to be calling from to verify the information,” stated a press release from the Sheriff’s Office. “Do not be fooled by your caller identification, even if it appears that the number is coming from the Sheriff’s Office or an 805 area code. Technology makes it easy for scammers to fake caller ID information.”
The Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office will hold two upcoming “Scams Targeting Seniors” presentations in Goleta with tips on how to spot scams and avoid becoming a victim. The first will held on Monday, Aug. 21 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Positano Community Room, 11 Camino de Vido, and the second will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 22 from 2 to 3 p.m. at Miller Community…
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