Suspect tells the victim they missed jury duty, have a warrant, or have an unpaid fine.
Over the past few weeks the Kern County Sheriff’s Office has been investigating reports of a telephone scam involving someone claiming to be a Sheriff’s Deputy.
The suspect tells the victim they missed jury duty, have a warrant, or have an unpaid fine. The suspect then threatens to arrest the victim if they do not make a payment. The scam often requires the victim to purchase “money paks” or “green dot cards” from local stores. The victim then tells the suspect the activation number on the back of the card and the money is transferred. Often times, the suspect re-contacts the victim and claims more money is needed for “court costs.”
This scam is more sophisticated than previous versions; the victim’s “caller id” may show a local telephone number or the suspect may tell the victim to drive to Sheriff’s Headquarters and call him back. These calls are not coming from any employee of the Kern County Sheriff’s Office.
The KCSO will not require you to pay fines using a specific payment method, or demand payment over the telephone. The KCSO encourages residents not to provide any money or personal information over the telephone.
If you receive a telephone call claiming to be from the Sheriff's Office, please do not provide any personal information or payment information. As previously mentioned, the Sheriff's Office WILL NOT call you to request payments or threaten arrest if a payment is not made. Scammers can sound authentic and may be rather aggressive in order to scare the victim into releasing payment information, do not fall for these tactics. Please make sure you report any such incidents to the Sheriff's Office at (661) 861-3110.