Fresno County authorities have warned citizens about a group of phone scammers who demand money by posing as law enforcement officers. Under the pretense of informing people about outstanding fines or missing jury duty, the scammers would redirect their victims to their nearby voucher kiosk in order to pay them.
Phone Scammers Set Up an Automated Message to Scare Victims
According to Tony Botti of the Fresno County Sheriff’s Department, several people have recently been targeted by phone scammers posing as police officers. After calling their victim, the man or woman over the phone tells you that you have an active arrest warrant or unpaid fines and asks you to a local phone number for more information.
Botti declared that the phone number plays an automatic message which tells the victim that he or she reached the Warrants Processing and Civil Services Division of Fresno’s Sheriff’s Office. The message ends by saying that all outstanding fines will have to be paid at the nearby voucher kiosk.
Soon after receiving the fake call, the victims would go to the nearest police station in order to pay their fines only to find out that they were duped.
Bob Jones was among the people contacted by the phone scammers. He told the reporters that he got a call from someone by the name of Detective McDouglas. The man on the phone told Jones that he missed mandatory jury duty.
Jones, who is from Madera County, knew on the spot that there was something fishy about the phone and begin pressing the fake detective with questions. By the end of the phone call, the person on the phone started hesitating, revealing that he isn’t actually a detective.
Botti said that if you are contacted by one of these phone scammers you should try to get as many details as you can regarding the person’s identity and to call the authorities right away.
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