Citrus Heights police are warning people of a phone scam in which the caller claims to be a law enforcement officer with a warrant for the individual’s arrest.
Police say the scam is occurring throughout California, with numerous victims reporting suspicious calls from someone who claims to be a law enforcement officer. The caller tells the potential victim that there is a bench warrant for the individual’s arrest and that a payment is needed as soon as possible. The caller instructs the victim to pay the amount requested via wire transfer or arrest is imminent, according to a Police Department news release.
Police stress that this is not the way law enforcement agencies operate, and they urge anyone who receives such a call to ignore the caller’s instructions.
Instead, people are advised to report the calls to their local law enforcement agency. Citrus Heights residents can call the Police Department’s non-emergency number, (916) 727-5500.
Police advise residents to be suspicious of any unsolicited phone calls. To avoid becoming the victim of a scam: