HUMBOLDT PHONE SCAM: Someone is Acting Like They’re a Sheriff’s Office Sergeant When They Absolutely Are Not! | Lost Coast Outpost


The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office has received numerous reports today of a phone scam targeting our community, claiming to be a Sheriff’s Office Sergeant.

As part of this scam, the caller claims they are from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office and may identify as current and/or former employees. The scammer tells the victim that he is with the “Citations and Warrants Division” of our office and claims the victim has a warrant for their arrest. The scammer uses fear of being jailed to elicit personal information and money from the victim. Some victims even report the scam to have spoofed the HCSO’s phone number (707-445-7251), with their caller ID identifying the caller as our office.

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office would like the community to know that this is a scam. While law enforcement may contact you regarding a warrant or investigation, we will never demand payment in exchange for dropping a warrant or…

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