SAN RAFAEL – San Rafael Police Department has issued a warning to the public about a phone scam involving the impersonation of sheriff’s deputies demanding bail.
Multiple reports from residents to the San Rafael PD have indicated that an unknown suspect(s) is identifying himself as a sheriff’s deputy. The impersonator tells residents that they either have outstanding warrants or that they have missed jury duty. The impersonator then says that in order to avoid being arrested bail must be posted immediately in cash, and asks potential victims to meet them at a location.
The San Rafael PD advises that this is a phone scam and that law enforcement agencies do not conduct these types of phone calls. The Marin County Sheriff’s Department is aware of the scam and has received similar reports. This type of scam has been seen all over the U.S., some seeking cash or gift cards, and some asking for social security numbers to verify a false jury duty summons.
Residents are advised not to follow through on the demands and to contact local law enforcement. People with caller ID are encouraged to record the incoming phone number and to provide it to authorities.
The San Rafael PD is following up on current leads to identify the impersonator(s). Anyone with further information about this crime is asked to call San Rafael PD at (415) 485-3000 or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477. The Crime Stopper line will accommodate all languages. Callers can remain anonymous and may earn a possible reward.
Tips can also be made online at www.bayareacrimestoppers.org. Information can also be provided by using the SRPD Silent Witness tip form available at www.srpd.org/tips.