EL CENTRO, Calif. – The Imperial County Sheriff’s Office has received several reports of a person pretending to be from the Imperial County Sheriff’s Office who is calling local residents to tell them they have a warrant for their arrest. According to ICSO callers are being told they did not show up for required jury duty and they have to pay a fine to clear up a warrant that has been issued.
ICSO said these calls are fraudulent and have no connection to ICSO or the Imperial County Superior Court. Anyone who receives a phone call from someone demanding payment for an outstanding warrant should report the situation immediately as a crime. If you feel that you may have missed jury duty you can contact the Jury Commissioner’s Office.
The Sheriff’s Office and the Imperial County Superior Court will never call you and ask for personal information. Never give personal information such as your address, phone numbers, e-mail address, driver’s license number, Social Security Number (SSN), birth date, birth place, school’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/.