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Scam caller threatens people with a warrant for their arrest and demands money in San Carlos

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The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office is warning San Carlos residents of a scam in which a caller threatens people with a warrant for their arrest and demands money. Residents from San Carlos and nearby areas have reported that the scammer calls claiming to be a member of a law enforcement agency, the IRS or another public agency, sheriff’s officials said.

The caller tells victims that there is a warrant for their arrest and that they owe a back tax or some other type of payment, according to the sheriff’s office. The caller then tells the resident that the warrant can be dismissed if they purchase a Visa Green Dot prepaid debit card with a specific amount, sheriff’s officials said.

In the scam, the caller says they will call back later in the day to ask for a number on the back of the card, according to the sheriff’s office. The caller then tells the resident that the “financial matter” is paid and no further action is needed, sheriff’s officials said. The sheriff’s office is informing residents that public agencies would never call threatening arrest or demanding a payment.

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