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Scam returns

(Old scam is back)….The County Sheriff’s office says the scam is attempting to take advantage of Imperial County residents.

They say an individual pretending to be from the Imperial County Superior Court or the Sheriff’s Office is calling residents explaining to them that they have a warrant for their arrest. The Sheriff’s Office says callers are being told they did not show up for required jury duty and they have to pay a fine to clear up a warrant that has been issued. Residents are then asked for personal information, such as a date of birth or social security number to take care of the warrant. Some are asked for credit card numbers or paypal transactions to clear the warrant. The Sheriff’s Office says these calls are fraudulent and have no connection to the Imperial County Sheriff’s Office or the Imperial County Superior Court. They say anyone who receives a phone call from someone demanding payment for an outstanding warrant should report the situation as a crime. This scam has turned up periodically over the past few years.