The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office announced Friday that it’s investigating an apparent ongoing phone scam.
Lt. Shawn Erwin said the sheriff’s office got two reports Friday that matched a previous report last weekend of a scammer calling members of the public and claiming to be a high-ranking sheriff’s employee. The scammer told the callers that they had an active warrant and a citation for failure to appear in court.
The scammer told his prey that they had to immediately pay two separate fines of $250 and ordered them to come to his office to pay the fines. He said his office was located in downtown Fresno and gave a fake address.
One of the targets became suspicious and told the suspect their phone conversation was being recorded. The suspect immediately said that the matter was resolved and hung up.
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Erwin said the sheriff’s office never makes solicitations for money or asks for the payment of fines over the phone.
Anyone who receives a similar call is asked to report it to the sheriff’s office at 559-600-3111.