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East County News Service

August 17, 2015 (San Diego) – The San Diego Department is warning area residents to beware of phony callers posing as Sheriff’s officials.

Here’s how the scam works. The caller tells you that you’ve missed jury duty and must pay a fine on a  pre-paid card to avoid arrest, NBC Channel  7 TV reports.

The Sheriff and the Court system do not use prepaid calls. If you receive a call from anyone claiming to be with the Sheriff or Court demanding money, hang up, then call the Sheriff’s office to report it.

Impersonating a law enforcement officer is a crime, as is bilking consumers out of money with bogus schemes such as this one.

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