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Sheriff warns about telephone scams

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The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office is warning county residents that scam artists may be calling.

On Tuesday, the Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center received several calls from concerned residents reporting they may have been a possible victim in an “arrest warrant” scam.

The residents contacting the Sheriff’s Office reported they received a telephone call from a male who identified himself as an employee with the Sheriff’s Office using the alias names of (Brent Jones or Tommy Jones). The male caller told the residents that the Sheriff’s Office had an active warrant for their arrest and in order for the warrant to be no longer active, they would have to purchase a Green Dot card at any major drug, grocery, or convenience store. After purchasing the card, they were directed to place a return call back to a voicemail box and leave the identification number of the Green Dot card they had purchased.

A similar scam of this nature surfaced earlier this week in the Sonoma County Superior Courts. At least four residents received telephone calls from an unidentified male directing them to pay a monetary fine to clear an arrest warrant for their failure to report for jury duty.

The Sheriff’s Office would like to warn all residents against giving personal information or money to anyone who calls seeking payment to clear an arrest warrant and to immediately contact the local law enforcement agency in their jurisdiction.