Released: October 31, 2023 - Tuesday, 09:27 PM

Phone Scam

Contact: Tony CipollaPhone: (805) 781-4547Date and time of incident: 10-31-2023Place 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 reports recently that someone claiming to be from the Sheriff's Office has contacted individuals to inform them there is an issue with a federal agency and that a payment is needed to resolve the matter.
The caller ID "spoofed" an actual number which made it appear to be coming from the Sheriff's Office. The caller proceeded to use a fictitious name and badge number of a Deputy to make the story more believable.
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. 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.