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San Jose Police Warn Public About Scammers Impersonating Police Demanding Money for Arrest Warrants

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A telephone scam where callers falsely identify themselves as San Jose police officers and demand money to cover fines for arrest warrants has been operating in San Jose, a police sergeant said. The scammers call victims, claim to be police officers and say that the victims or the victims’ relatives have traffic or other arrest warrants and must pay the fines immediately or face arrest and incarceration, Sgt. Heather Randol said.

The Police Department does not collect money over the phone and anyone receiving calls from someone saying they are a San Jose police officer asking for funds should not pay them, Randol said. Residents who receive solicitation calls from the scammers may report the crime to police at the website www.SJPD.org or by calling 311.

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