Released: August 26, 2023 - Saturday, 12:41 PM

Phone Scam

Contact: Sergeant CaronPhone: (805) 805-781-4553Date and time of incident: Currently OngoingPlace of Occurrence: San Luis Obispo CountyVictim Information: N/ASuspect Information: N/AThe Sheriff's Office is warning residents of a phone scam in San Luis Obispo County.
There have been several reports recently that someone claiming to be from the Sheriff's Office has contacted individuals to inform them there is a warrant out for their arrest.

The phone number used by the scammers directs callers to a fake Sheriff's Office phone tree.

The caller indicates the resident can clear the warrant by making a cash transfer or through a debit card or gift card.
We want to caution residents this is a scam. The Sheriff's Office reminds you that it is not our practice to contact residents by phone regarding these matters. Deputy Sheriff's will never request money or gift cards in lieu of bail. Anyone who receives a call like this should report it to their local law enforcement agency.

Please inform your family and friends about this scam so they can be prepared in the event they receive a call like this.