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Posted on: February 19, 2021

FRAUD ALERT - TELEPHONE SCAM!!!

Fraud Alert

FRAUD ALERT - TELEPHONE SCAM!!!

The Merced County Sheriff's Office has received several reports from victims of a telephone scam. The victims reported an unknown male subject is claiming to be a Sergeant from the Merced County Sheriff's Office Civil Bureau. Furthermore, the unknown subject informed the victims they had an unsettled civil matter and asked to call a phone number and provide personal information and perform tasks like buying gift cards, credit cards, and things of that nature. 

The Merced County Sheriff’s Office would like the public to be aware that we never solicit calls for money in lieu of arrest from anyone. If you have a warrant for your arrest, we will be happy to provide you with a ride, free of charge, to one of our local holding facilities or provide you with a citation and a court date.

If you receive one of these phone calls, we encourage you to contact your local law enforcement agency immediately. It is important for citizens to be alert, remain vigilant, and always protect your personal information.

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