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.