The Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff would like to warn the public about an individual who is impersonating an employee of the Office of the Sheriff.
In the last several days, an unknown man has called residents in the East Bay claiming to be “Lieutenant Jackson of the Warrant Unit.” The caller tells listeners that they failed to appear for jury duty or a traffic violation and that unless they pay hundreds of dollars in fines and fees, a warrant will be issued for their arrest. And in order to avoid this, the caller instructs listeners to make payment over the phone through reloadable prepaid cards that could be purchased a local store.
There is no one by that name employed by the Office of the Sheriff nor is there a “warrant unit”. It is not the practice of any law enforcement agency to have people avoid an arrest warrant by paying through reloadable prepaid cards.
Several people have been victimized by this type of fraudulent activity. Anyone receiving such a call should refuse to provide any personal information to the caller or simply hang up. Please contact your local law enforcement agency and notify them of the incident.
Information provided by Jimmy Lee, Director of Public Affairs, Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff.