Scammers posing as deputies in Kings County
FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- Detectives in the South Valley are warning -- scammers are posing as deputies to bilk unsuspecting people out of personal and financial information.
The Kings County Sheriff's Office says it has received more than 20 reports in the past two days about the scam phone calls.
They say the caller claims to be a law enforcement or collection agency representing a financial institution -- and they often ask for personal information including copies of your social security card.
If the victim does not comply, they receive a second call, telling them they must pay or face consequences.
"Whether you're getting an email or call that's unsolicited," Sgt. David Jones said. "If you know you don't owe that company or you've never heard of that company, get their name and get their number and if it's a legitimate business you'll find their name and number on the internet."
Deputies say so far no one they know of has given information to the callers. They say if you receive a call, do not give any information to the caller, and contact police.
scams, crimetracker, kings county, lemoore, hanford, local
- Teen girl found dead in Madera County stream
- Valley schools prepare for new transgender law
- The new year will mean a new sheriff for Merced County
- Ex-BP engineer convicted on 1 obstruction charge
- Calif senator: Revenge porn law should include selfies
- Mega Million Winning Numbers
- Marijuana was target of Fresno Co home invasion
- Kai was neither hero nor did he cause crash, witnesses say
- Scams can include investments with friends
- Jury awards $1.5 million in Fresno Police excessive force trial
- Valley growers told to brace for drought
- Gunman kills himself, 1 other at Reno hospital
- Toys for Tots needs just over 10k gifts to meet goal
- Tulare County opens fraud hotline
Most Viewed StoriesMost Viewed Photos