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Kern County Sheriff's Office warning residents of phone scam

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Posted at 2:35 PM, Nov 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-17 17:35:43-05

The Kern County Sheriff's Office is warning residents in Kern County to beware of a phone scam making the rounds in the area.

According to the KCSO, "A person claiming to be with the Kern County Sheriff’s Office calls and/or leaves a voicemail regarding a missed court date, saying a warrant will be issued if the victim does not return their call. They leave a callback number with a recording that says it is the Sheriff’s Office, even using names of actual employees of KCSO."

The KCSO recommends if you receive a call you believe is a scam, especially one in which the caller is asking for money, you should research the situation before providing any money. You can do this by locating the organization's phone number online and calling them directly.

You can also ask for the suspect to provide their name, employee identification number, a callback number, and a reference number. Then use this information when you contact the organization.

If you receive suspicious telephone calls that you believe to be a scam, you are urged to contact the Kern County Sheriff's Office communication center at (661) 861-3110, or your local law enforcement agency, to report the incident.