IMPERIAL COUNTYÂ â€” The Imperial County Sheriff’s OfficeÂ would like to alertÂ Valley residents of a warrant scam currently taking place.
According to the press release, a subject pretending to be Dan Phillips from the Imperial County Sheriffâ€™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.
In other cases, messages are leftÂ asking you to call the Sheriffâ€™s Office at (442) 200-8467 ext. #2. The recorded prompts sound like you have called the Sheriffâ€™s Office however you have not. Sheriff’s OfficeÂ telephone numbers are like all County Offices, in a (442) area code.Â The Sheriff’s phone number is (442)-265-2021.
Please note, 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 Sheriffâ€™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, driverâ€™s license number, Social Security Number (SSN), birth date, birth place, schoolâ€™s name, or student ID number to callers.
For more identity theft resources and safety tips, check out the Identity Theft Resource Center at http://www.idtheftcenter.org/