Residents warned of telephone scam

Residents are once again being warned to be aware of fraudulent phone calls from people claiming to be with the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

In late March, sheriff's spokeswoman Deputy Rebecca Rosenblatt circulated an alert warning residents to not offer money to pay off any phony jury duty fees for failing to appear.

She said April 30 that the department continues to receive calls from people who are unsure if the calls are real or a scam.

Sheriff's officials want residents to know that no law enforcement agency would contact a member of the public and demand that they pay outstanding fees or fines or be arrested for failing to do so, she said.

Residents should be vigilant and never offer any private information over the phone, including Social Security numbers or credit card information, unless they themselves initiated the phone call.

— Bay City News Service


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Posted by lizzie
a resident of Menlo Park: Fair Oaks
on May 1, 2014 at 10:23 am

That is the same scam I read on Web Link. Based on the posts, the scammer poses as a deputy sheriff and claims that the victim failed to appear for jury duty. The scammer then asks the victim to pay the fee, or face jail time. But the call is a bluff and anyone who gets such a call is advised to hang up and report it.

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Posted by Sam
a resident of Menlo Park: South of Seminary/Vintage Oaks
on May 1, 2014 at 12:38 pm

I wonder if the scammers get paid on commission.

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Posted by Cautious
a resident of Menlo Park: South of Seminary/Vintage Oaks
on May 1, 2014 at 1:02 pm

Here's another scam. I got a call Tuesday from a woman who told me that my husband's Wells Fargo ATM card was used at Best Buy for a $5,000 purchase. I was given a number to call. My husband was not at home so I began dialing the number when I realized that the first question would ask for the account number. I hung up and called our local Wells Fargo branch.

The bank reminded me that we closed the account in February 2014.

I was surprised that Wells Fargo didn't want the phone number I was given by the "Wells Fargo Fraud Unit." So, I presumed there would be no follow up. I called the bank and gave them the number and asked them to report the incident to the Palo Alto and/or Menlo Park police.

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Posted by Sheldon Kay
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on May 1, 2014 at 1:16 pm

That is why there is so much of this crime going on. The banks and credit card companies don't care to do anything about it. Too expensive. The actual fraud hardly cost them anything.

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Posted by SteveC
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on May 1, 2014 at 2:33 pm

SteveC is a registered user.

Rule #1. Call the police and report it yourself. If the bank isn't helpful call the police and close all accounts at the bank. Very simple. Do not relay on others to do what you should do yourself.

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