Deputies from the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office are warning residents to be wary of unsolicited phone calls that make demands for payment and include a threat of consequences -- such as arrest or prosecution -- if payment is not made.
The Sheriff's Office notes, in a July 22 statement, the three scams that are current:
■ The caller claims to be a deputy sheriff and demands a fee in connection with a failure to appear for jury duty, threatening arrest if the fee is not paid using a prepaid card.
■ The caller claims to be from the Internal Revenue Service and threatens prosecution if back taxes are not paid.
■ The caller claims to represent Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. and threatens a power shut-off if an unpaid balance is not paid immediately.
None of these organizations demand payment from the public by way of unsolicited phone calls, deputies say. Their advice: Do not provide anyone with personal information such as Social Security numbers and credit card numbers unless you are initiating the call.
People who think they have been victims of a scam should contact their local law enforcement agencies.
Go to this link to report an IRS scam.