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Fraud Alert: Kern County Sheriff's Office warns residents of warrant phone scam

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Posted at 1:43 PM, Aug 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-30 16:43:32-04

KERN COUNTY, Calif. — According to the Kern County Sheriff's Office a new phone scam has hit the area with callers pretending to be law enforcement agents with an arrest warrant.

The suspect will call the victim from what appears to be the main line of KCSO Headquarters, tell the victim they have an active warrant, and give the victim the option of paying the fine or risk getting arrested. Typically, the suspect(s) will identify himself as a Sergeant or Lieutenant with the KCSO. The public should know that the suspect is using caller ID spoofing.

The KCSO stated that they never accept payments for active warrants over the phone. Fines tied to warrants can only paid through the court system.

If you are unsure if you have been a victim of a phone scam, you can call The Sheriff’s Office Communication Center at 661-861-3110.