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San Diego County Sheriff's office warns of of "missed court appearance" scam

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department is warning the public about a recent telephone scam involving con artists posting at sheriff's deputies calling over missed court appearances.
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According to the department, outstanding warrants cannot be resolved over the phone or at Sheriff’s Department Headquarters. Warrants can only be cleared through the court. 

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department is warning the public about a recent telephone scam involving con artists posting at sheriff's deputies calling over missed court appearances. 

The caller identifies himself as a currently employed deputy and transfers people to a different line where the second caller who also claims to be a deputy, demands victims to come alone to Sheriff’s Department Headquarters located at 9621 Ridgehaven Court in Kearny Mesa. 

The department warned those who received the call were instructed to go to the Sheriff's Headquarters alone at any time, including nighttime, and to not tell anyone about it. The con artists threatened victims that the issue would escalate into a criminal matter if the person fails to show up, the department warned. 

“The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department will never call anyone demanding money or threatening them with jail time over any matter. Sheriff's Headquarters is also closed at night and on weekends,” the Sheriff’s Department wrote in a statement. 

According to the department, outstanding warrants cannot be resolved over the phone or at Sheriff’s Department Headquarters. Warrants can only be cleared through the court. 

People with outstanding warrants are urged to turn themselves in Monday through Friday during business hours at any one of the Sheriff's Court Facilities. Click here to check if there is a warrant out for your arrest. 

The public is urged to confirm jury service by contacting the Superior Court of California

The San Diego Sheriff’s Department provided the following tips about phone scams:  

  • Scammers will use a real employee's name or Sheriff's Department telephone number which can be found online in order to sound believable. They will also use Caller ID "spoofing" to appear as though the call is coming from a Sheriff's Station, Substation, jail, or court office. 
  • Scam callers will try to intimidate you with lawsuits, jail time, or arrest if you don't pay them or take immediate action. 
  • These scams play on your fears and leverage that to lead you in giving your personal information or money to resolve the situation.