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Sacramento County telephone scam threatens arrest if no payment

A telephone scam has surfaced in Sacramento County in which the caller threatens jail unless payment is made to clear a warrant.

The scam involves a caller who claims to be with the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department warrant division. The scammer also professes that there is an outstanding warrant for the arrest of the person who gets the call.

The caller asks for a credit card number or money transfer to satisfy the warrant. The Sheriff’s Department advises anyone who gets the scam call to hang up.

If you have already fallen victim to the scam, contact a sheriff’s service center to find out how to report the incident. Service center locations and hours are at

Deputies say that the department does not handle warrant information or payment over the phone.