(KERO) — The Kern County Sheriff's Office is warning about a phone scam with callers posing as law enforcement using KCSO's public phone number as the call back number.
KCSO said residents are getting calls with their public number of 661-391-7500 and some scammers are using names of active KCSO employees.
KCSO says this is a scam because they do not handle court order civil matters over the phone and would never ask for a form of payment or personal information.
If you suspect a phone call as a scam, KCSO offers these tips to determine if the call is valid:
- Ask the caller for their name
- Ask for their employee identification number
- Ask for a callback number
- Ask for a reference number for the matter they're calling about
If you receive a suspicious call that you believe to be a scam, please call KCSO at 661-861-3110, or your local law enforcement agency to report the incident.