Sheriff’s office warns of imposter lieutenant, phone scam

The following is from a press release issued by the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:

Recently the Sheriff’s Office has seen an increase in telephone/internet scams. We have received reports of a person claiming to be a Lieutenant with the Sheriff’s Office calling and telling people they have a warrant for their arrest.

The Lieutenant requests money to pay off the warrant. The suspects have even set up a telephone answering machine claiming you have reached the Sheriff’s Office when you call back. The real Sheriff’s Office does not call people to make payments on warrants. Any business with the Sheriff’s Office should be conducted at our main station located in the Humboldt County Courthouse, our McKinleyville station, or our two substations located in Willow Creek and Garberville.

Warrant information is considered a public record. You can simply call the Sheriff’s Office (445-7251) and we will tell you if you have a warrant. There has been an online site set up to report imposter scams Ftc.gov/complaint

Any imposer scam involving the Internal Revenue Service should be reported on line at the following site: Tigta.gov

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