Scammers are all over the state and country, doing their best to bilk unwitting people out of their money. The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office issued a warning about nefarious activity in their county –
“The Sheriff’s Office is warning about a phone scam that’s targeting a number of residents in the County.
Several people have called us recently to report they had been contacted by someone claiming to be a Deputy Sheriff. They were warned they had a “Grand Jury Warrant” out for their arrest. The caller indicates the resident can clear the warrant by posting bail if they purchase gift cards.
We want to caution residents this is a scam. The Sheriff’s Office reminds you that it is not our practice to contact residents by phone regarding these matters. Deputy Sheriff’s will never request money or gift cards in lieu of bail.
Anyone who receives a call like this should report it to their local law enforcement agency or contact the Sheriff’s Office at 805-781-4550.
We encourage you to please inform your family and friends about this scam so they can be prepared in the event they receive a call like this.”