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8-21-14                 AREA TELEPHONE SCAM

The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department is issuing a warning to the public regarding a sophisticated telephone scam that has continued to surface locally.  The scam involves a caller who claims to be a representative of the Sacramento Sheriff’s Warrant division, who then informs the call recipient of an outstanding warrant for their arrest that requires immediate payment.  The caller will threaten arrest if the recipient does not supply a credit card number or other immediate money transfer for payment. 

The Sacramento Sheriff’s Department does not handle warrant information or payment over the phone for any reason.  Anyone who receives such a call is discouraged from sending money to the caller and to quickly disconnect the phone call. 

Anyone who has fallen victim to this scam is asked to contact your local Sheriff’s Service Center to receive options on how to report the incident.  Sheriff’s Service Center locations and hours can be found at www.sacsheriff.com.   


08-15-14, ELK GROVE, CA – The Elk Grove Police Department would like to warn members of the community about various types of phone scams that have recently surfaced in the Elk Grove.
These scam artists are contacting potential victims and utilizing different "techniques"  in order to obtain funds.  The scam artists explain that the victim has won a significant prize (money, trips and/or vehicles) but a "processing fee" is required.  The scammer indicates that the prize will be finalized after the processing fee is paid.  This processing fee can be several hundred dollars or several thousand dollars.  The scammer will then request that the victim purchase a pre-paid debit card or a wire transfer as a method of paying the processing fee.  When the unsuspecting victim makes the payment, the scammer promises to deliver the prize in a few days, but the delivery never happens.
Scammers have also called potential victims claiming to be representatives of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), or local law enforcement.  The potential victims are told they owe money to the IRS or law enforcement agency and it must be paid promptly through a pre-paid debit card or a wire transfer. If the victim refuses to cooperate, they are then threatened with arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver’s license. In many cases, the caller becomes hostile and insulting.  Local law enforcement agencies and the IRS will not ask for credit card numbers over the phone, nor will they request that a payment be made using a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer.

Below are some tips on preventing phone scams:
·       Legitimate lotteries and contests will never ask you to pay a fee to collect a prize.
·       In general, never give anyone bank account information or credit card information over the phone.
·       Check any unfamiliar area codes before returning calls.  There are many 3-digit area codes that connect callers to international telephone numbers.
·       Never trust callers who use threats and/or hostility to force you into doing what they want. This is a tactic many scammers use.

10-05-12              CONTRACTOR SCAM

Several surrounding counties, including Sacramento, have received numerous complaints concerning the hiring of contractors. These complaints are especially on the rise for home improvements of elderly home owners. Here is a link to a training video that has been provided by the Yolo County District Attoney's Insurance Fraud Unit.


Please click on this youtube hyyperlink and see if this can be of help to you before your hire someone to work on your residence or hire them for a special job on your property.

We hope this may help you from becoming a victim of some form of fraud, law suit or illegal business practice.



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