Victims get call telling them to pay fines to avoid arrest

Law enforcement officials are warning residents about a telephone scam targeting residents in an apparent attempt con people out of money or their bank and credit card information.

In Kern County, the Sheriff's Office said several residents have reported receiving calls from a man who identified himself as “Lieutenant Gore from the Sheriff’s Office Warrant Service.”

The man told the callers they had an outstanding warrant for their arrest and, if they wanted to avoid arrest, they should pay their fines.

The caller also said if they responded to the Sheriff’s Office they would be arrested there.

A similar scam has been reported in San Luis Obispo, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.

Kern County Sheriff's investigators contacted one man who told them he had purchased a prepaid credit card and for several hundred dollars and provided it to the suspect to pay a fine. When the transaction was complete the suspect told the victim he would provide them with a new court date, case number, and address for the court.

The telephone number the suspect caller is calling from is out of the state of Georgia. The caller is also described as having a heavy southern accent. The Sheriff’s Office would like to warn citizens to be suspicious when receiving calls from unknown callers.

The Sheriff’s Office does not solicit payment for fines by telephone. If any citizen receives a similar type call they should note the incoming call number, disconnect the call, and immediately report the incident to the Sheriff’s Office.

If anybody has information on this case or has received a similar call, they should call the Sheriff’s Office at 661-861-3110.