A Lathrop security guard was the victim of an arrest-type scam involving a man who impersonated a San Joaquin County sheriff’s deputy Monday.
The victim, a 48-year-old woman, was not identified by authorities.
The incident began at 9 a.m. Monday, when the victim received a call from a person who told her that he was from the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office, and that he had a warrant out for her arrest. The suspect allegedly told her that she could clear up the matter by sending money via a money order. The victim did not believe that there was an arrest warrant out for her, and hung up on the caller.
About three hours later Monday, when she was working as a security guard at a business located in the 17000 block of Harlan Road in Lathrop, she was approached by a man who was dressed in what appeared to be a San Joaquin County sheriff’s deputy uniform. He got out of his car, an all-black Crown Victoria with decals on the side, and told her that he was there to arrest her because there was a warrant out on her.
The man told her she could clear up the matter if she would call a phone number and follow the instructions. She called the number and was advised by a male subject to go to Walmart and put $200 on a money pack card. The man on the phone also insisted that she keep him on the line while she followed his instructions.
The woman went to Walmart and bought the $200 money pack card, at which point the man on the phone disconnected the call. The man who was impersonating the San Joaquin County sheriff deputy apparently did not follow her to the Walmart store, and she did not see him again afterwards.
At 3:15 p.m. the victim decided to call the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office and report that she was a victim of a scam. She told investigators that she did not know the man who approached her at work.
The impersonator was described as an East Indian man, around 45 years old, with dark hair, dark eyes, in full black uniform, with a badge. There was no name tag, and the suspect did not have a gun, gun belt or radio. The vehicle that he was driving was a black Crown Victoria with some sort of decals on the side door. The car did not have police light equipment, spotlight or a push bumper, but it did have tinted rear windows.
If anyone has any information on this case, call Lathrop police at (209) 468-4400.
Call The Bee’s Tillie Fong, (916) 321-1006.