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March 07, 2019

Scam Alert

We have been notified some of our residents have recently received scam phone calls, during which the caller identifies themselves as a Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department employee. The caller informs the victim they currently have a warrant for their arrest and suggests methods for clearing the warrant, often involving payment via pre-paid cards or money orders.

During the most recent scam, the caller(s) have utilized a “spoofing” method in which it appears they are calling from the Sheriff’s Department Communication Center with (916) 874-5115 or (916) 362-5115 appearing on the victim's caller ID display.

We would like to advise our residents that the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department will never call anyone demanding payment to clear a warrant and to be cautious regarding any phone call from an unverified source demanding monetary payment.

We encourage members of our community to also have conversations regarding these scams with their elderly friends and family who may be vulnerable targets for these criminals. The scammers can be intimidating to some and may also present actual identifying information about the potential victim to further coerce or intimidate them into providing payment.

If you receive this or other scam phone calls, you can file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on their website here:

If you have been a victim of this scam and have provided any type of monetary payment as a result, please contact your nearest service center to make a report.  Here’s a link to locate a Sheriff’s Department Service Center near you:


Sergeant Shaun Hampton

Sheriff’s Spokesman

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