Riverside County: Fraud Alert!

Don’t be scammed by fake IRS, Jury Duty, Courts, Overdue Bills, or Utility or Service Providers
Courtesy of Riverside County Sheriff’s Department

RIVERSIDE COUNTY-The holidays are approaching and Riverside County Sheriff’s Department would like to remind the public of phone/fraud scams. Please be vigilant and always question unsolicited telephone calls from deceptive businesses, banking institutions, foreign countries, or government agencies where monetary promises or threats are implied or made directly.
Numerous fraud schemes involving mortgage assistance, outstanding tax collection, foreign government assistance, and even to companies promising to return money lost are impacting citizens throughout the county. These scammers almost always request money to be paid up front for illegitimate services, or the threat of arrest, eviction or property seizure is made.
A notable and common scheme involves the caller who claims to be a member of law enforcement, or an employee of the the court system. The victim is told he or she has a warrant for failing to appear for jury duty. The caller demands payment for the warrant via credit card information, or a Green Dot card. The suspect typically remains on the phone with the victim while he or she travels to the store to obtain the Green Dot card. The suspect further instructs the victim not to tell anyone who they are talking with. After obtaining the serial numbers to the Green Dot cards, the money deposited to the card is immediately removed by the suspect.
No Riverside County Court or Sheriff’s Department employee will ever contact the public and ask for financial information or payment in lieu of attending court proceedings, or to make up for failure to appear for jury duty.
For more information regarding other scams visit: http://www.riversidesheriff.org/crime/fraud.asp

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