Released: May 15, 2023 - Monday, 02:07 PM

Phone Scam

Contact: Tony CipollaPhone: (805) 781-4547Date 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 scammers used technology that made it appear the call was coming from the Sheriff's Office on caller ID. The scammers have even used the names of actual Deputies to make the call appear to be legitimate.
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.