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Fresno County Sheriff’s Office warns of phone scam

The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office is warning the public to be aware of a scam involving someone identifying themselves as a sheriff’s employee and demanding payment for a fine.

So far, deputies have received information about three telephone scam attempts, two on April 2 and one on March 14. Sheriff’s spokesman Tony Botti described one of the phone calls:

The suspect identifies himself as a high-ranking member of the Sheriff’s Office and tells the target he has an outstanding arrest warrant for failing to appear in court. The man tells his target that he must immediately pay two separate fines of $250. He orders the target to come to his downtown office to pay the fines. He gives the target an address, but it does not correspond with any building in the area.

The targeted victim became suspicious and told the suspect their phone conversation was being recorded. The suspect immediately said the matter was resolved and hung up.

The Sheriff’s Office reminds the public that it never asks for payment of fines over the phone.

Officials advise that if you get a similar phone call, do not do what the caller asks and contact the Sheriff’s Office, (559) 600-3111.

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