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Arrest Warrant Scam Alert

March 9, 2016

IMPERIAL COUNTY, Calif – A scam is trying to take advantage of residents of Imperial County. A person pretending to be a Deputy from the Imperial County Sheriff’s Office is calling local residents advising that they have a warrant for their arrest. Callers are being told they have to pay a fine to clear up a warrant that has been issued and are requesting they obtain a pre-paid credit card and provide the numbers on it.

Sometimes they will leave a message asking you to call the Sheriff’s Office at (760)867-1020 ext. #2. The recorded prompts sound like you have called the Sheriff’s Office however you have not. Our telephone numbers, like all County Offices, are in a (442) area code. Our number is (442)-265-2021.

Law Enforcement agencies will never call anyone and ask for any personal information or request any type of payment to clear up a warrant. These calls are fraudulent and have no connection to the Imperial County Sheriff’s Office or any other local law enforcement agency. Anyone who receives a telephone call from someone demanding payment for an outstanding warrant should report the situation immediately as a crime.

A reminder never give or confirm personal information such as your address, phone numbers, e-mail address, driver’s license number, Social Security Number (SSN), birth date, birth place, school’s name, or student ID number to callers.

For more identity theft resources and safety tips, check out the Identity Theft Resource Center by clicking HERE.

Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at

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