Thursday , 27 October 2016
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San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Warns Victor Valley Residents of Phone Scams

HESPERIA-( The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, Hesperia Station issued a press release on Sunday warning Victor Valley residents of recent telephone scams. Although they said these are not new scams in the county, these are continuing to spread even to those who were unaware.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s officials said, “In an effort to reach as many people as possible, we will continue sharing this information. We’re asking for the public’s help in sharing this information with friends and family so that they recognize the scam and don’t become a victim.”

In recent cases the victim receives a phone call from someone identifying themselves as personnel from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. Victims are told that there is a warrant for their arrest for failure to appear for jury duty. They are telling the victims that in order to resolve the warrant they can pay a fine through green dot cards, western union, moneygram or other wire transfers. There are similar reports of scams from callers claiming to be from the IRS or Immigration Office.

Legitimate government and bill collecting agencies will not use the mentioned tactics to collect and law enforcement agencies do not accept payments for outstanding warrants or enforce delinquencies for other agencies such as the IRS. Those who do receive these calls are reminded not to give any personal information or wire any money.

If you have questions or believe you are a victim of such a scam, please contact your local Sheriff’s Station.

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