HUMBOLDT – The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office has received numerous reports March 28 of a phone scam targeting our community, with the scammer claiming to be a Sheriff’s Office Sergeant.
As part of this scam, the caller claims they are from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office and may identify as current and/or former employees.
The scammer tells the victim that he is with the “Citations and Warrants Division” of our office and claims the victim has a warrant for their arrest.
The scammer uses fear of being jailed to elicit personal information and money from the victim. Some victims even report the scam to have spoofed the HCSO’s phone number – (707) 445-7251 – with their caller ID identifying the caller as our office.
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office would like the community to know that this is a scam.
While law enforcement may contact you regarding a warrant or investigation, we will never demand payment in exchange for dropping a warrant or stopping an investigation, nor will we encourage you to seek a bail bond to avoid being booked into our correctional facility.
Additionally, no government agency will ask you to mail large sums of cash or pay with gift cards.
Remember these tips to help protect yourself from fraud:
Scammers often pretend to be someone you trust, like a government official, a family member, a charity or a company with which you do business. Don’t send money or give out personal information in response…