Man claiming to be lieutenant asks for fine to be paid by gift card

The Kern County Sheriff’s Office is warning the community of a possible scam involving a person misidentifying themselves as a Sheriff’s Office employee.
On Oct. 11, 2017, a citizen reported they were called by a man who claimed he was a lieutenant with the Sheriff’s Office.
The caller said the citizen missed federal jury duty and the Kern Sheriff’s Office was contracted to collect the fines.  The caller said the fine could be as much as $3,000 but, if the citizen paid the fine today and applied the funds to a gift card, the citizen would only have to pay $1,000.
The Sheriff’s Office is investigating and reminds citizens to never give personal information to an unknown caller.
If anyone receives a similar call, they are asked to report it to the Sheriff’s Office at 661-861-3110.