IRS scammers call police officer, warn sheriff is coming for him
The Davis Police Department is warning residents about a scam in which two phone callers claimed the recipient missed jury duty and had to pay $1,500 to avoid getting arrested and fired.
The call was made to a Davis resident Wednesday by two people who claimed to be from the Yolo County Sheriff’s Department, according to a Police Department Facebook post. The phone number that they called from was the actual phone number for the Sheriff’s Department.
They then accused the resident of having missed jury duty and threatened her with arrest and job loss if she did not pay them $1,500 via MoneyPak Green Dot cards, the post said.
They kept her on the phone until she purchased the MoneyPak cards and provided them with the serial numbers on the back which they could then use to access the paid funds, officials said.
The suspects also called family members of the victim and tried to get money from them.
The suspects were still on the phone when the responding officer took over the call. Once he identified himself, the call ended, officials said.
Police personnel advise residents that if they have any doubt about the legitimacy of a phone call from a law enforcement agency, they should call the agency to verify.
Agencies will never take payment over the phone via MoneyPak cards, officials said.