Placer sheriff’s office warns of telephone scam
May 14, 2013
TAHOE CITY, Calif. — In the latest telephone scam to impact the region, callers are identifying themselves as law enforcement officials, according to the Placer County Sheriff's Office.
Recently, some residents have received phones calls from someone claiming to be a Placer County sheriff's official. They were told there was money owed to them and they were asked to wire money to release the funds. The caller then gives a phone number to call and verify that the caller is indeed a member of law enforcement.
"The number given should always be verified through other resources and do not take the caller's word for it," officials said in a press release. "Detectives ask that you never give money or information to anyone you don't know over the phone. A law enforcement official would never call and ask you to wire money."
If residents are skeptical of a call such as this, they should call PCSO's non-emergency line at 530-886-5375 to verify if a deputy or detective works at PCSO.
"As the weather heats up, so does crooks' abilities to create clever scams," officials said. "Always be aware of any phone call or solicitor where the use of your funds or personal information are involved. When in doubt, verify."