Scammers are continuing to pose as sheriff’s deputies and threatening arrest if the victims fail to send money by purchasing a prepaid “green dot card,” according to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.
Residents have reported receiving unsolicited phone calls from a man who claims to be a deputy sheriff stating the individual failed to show for jury duty and must send money or face arrest. No law enforcement agency would ever contact a member of the public over the phone demanding they pay fines or be subject to arrest, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Individuals should never provide personal information such as Social Security numbers and credit card information unless they themselves initiated the phone call. Anyone who has information or feels they may have been victim of a similar scam should contact their local law enforcement.