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San Mateo County residents warned of phone scam

 

San Mateo County sheriff's officials are warning residents to beware of a recent phone scam involving a caller fraudulently posing as a law enforcement official in order to demand payment from residents for failing to appear for jury duty.

The caller instructs the victim to pay fees by purchasing a "Green Dot" prepaid debit card. The victim is threatened with arrest if they do not make the purchase, sheriff's officials said.

Sheriff's deputies do not contact members of the public to demand payment of fees or fines and do not threaten people with arrest over the phone.

Sheriff's officials are reminding residents to be aware of these types of scams. Residents should never provide personal information over the phone, such as Social Security numbers or credit card information, unless they initiated the call.

Anyone who may have been a victim of the scam is advised to contact authorities, sheriff's officials said.

— Bay City News Service

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Posted by bob
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Jul 20, 2016 at 1:00 pm

Similarly, the IRS phone scam has popped up again. Caller claims to be from the IRS telling you that you are being sued by the IRS and to correct this problem directs you to call them on a phone number -in my case the number was 712-823-8534, which I presume is a "burner" phone. Remember, the IRS does not contact you by phone if they have an issue with you.


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Posted by SteveC
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jul 20, 2016 at 2:25 pm

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The other IRS phone scam is calling and leaving a message that this is Officer.... and you owe money to the IRS. To avoid being attested you must call or you will be arrest.

IRS does not call people demanding money.


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Posted by Don
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Jul 20, 2016 at 2:31 pm

The IRS scam number they left on our voice mail this week was 605-744-9243. The female voice had little accent, but the grammar was vintage translation-from-an-Asian-language (no articles, singular nouns where plural should have been used).
Not that it is likely to help, but I sent the information to the FBI.


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