Sheriff's Office warns of phone scam


Sheriff's Office warns of phone scam

The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office is warning residents to be on the lookout for a telephone scam involving callers pretending to be with the Sheriff's Office and demanding payment on an outstanding warrant.

A man who introduces himself as Sgt. Gregory Jacobs has been calling people and threatening them with prosecution if they don't pay the bogus fee, the Sheriff's Office says in an alert.

A law enforcement agency wouldn't contact someone by phone to demand payment, with the threat of arrest for failure to comply, the alert says.

Residents are advised to never provide personal information, such as Social Security numbers or credit card information, over the phone, unless they themselves initiated the phone call.

Those who think they may have been a victim of the scam should contact their local law enforcement agency.

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Posted by Mixed messages
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jul 14, 2015 at 1:54 pm

I received an email purporting to be from the SMC sheriff's office, but rather than explaining the scam (as your article does) the email instructed me to open an attachment.

I had no reasonable way to verify that the email was in fact from the sheriff (easy to impersonate anyone in email) and there was absolutely no way I was going to open an attachment and possibly subject my computer to viruses. Been there, done that, not fun at all.

Sounds as though the email actually was from the sheriff. Maybe someone can tell them that it's best to contact people using plain text rather than potentially hazardous attachments?

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Posted by G.L. Stein
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Jul 15, 2015 at 3:53 pm

A lady called me asking if I wanted to buy some brownies for $50. I said no. She insisted that I would love them and that she lived not too far from me and could be there in a jif. She must have been smoking wacky tobacci to think I would pay $50 for a brownie.

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