Released: December 8, 2022 - Thursday, 04:03 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 about an old scam that's making a new comeback in San Luis Obispo County.
We've been informed that several people in the last few days reported they had been contacted by someone claiming to be from the Sheriff's Office. The scammers used technology that made it appear the call was coming from the Sheriff's Office on caller ID.
Residents were warned there was a warrant out for their arrest because they failed to appear for jury duty. The scammer has even used the names of actual judges to make the call appear to be legitimate. The caller indicates the resident can clear the warrant by making arrangements to give them information from a green dot card/prepaid debit card.
In one of those cases, a county resident fell victim to this scam with a reported loss of $5,000.
We want to warn residents these calls have no connection to the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office or Superior Court. The Sheriff's Office reminds you that it is not our practice or the Courts 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.