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Phone scam claims targets must buy debit card to avoid arrest

Deputies from the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office say that residents have been receiving bogus phone calls claiming that arrest warrants have been issued in their name. The caller, who poses as an employee of the Sheriff's Office, declares that to avoid arrest, residents must buy a prepaid GreenDot debit card.

The Sheriff's Office is not making such calls, deputies said.

Residents who receive such a call should ask the caller for contact numbers and other identifying details and then, using "publicly available resources," check into the caller's story.

Residents who have been victims of this type of scam should call their local law enforcement agency.

Dave Boyce

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