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Placer Sheriff’s Office warns of caller claiming to be deputy

The Placer County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents to beware of telephone calls purporting to be from a sheriff’s deputy and threatening them with a fine or arrest.

Several Placer County residents were contacted Tuesday by a person claiming to be “Deputy Strong” with the Placer County department. The fraudulent caller told the victims that they had missed grand jury duty and needed to pay a fine to the caller or face arrest, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.

Sheriff’s officials stress that neither the Sheriff’s Office nor the jury staff of the Placer County Superior Court will ask past of prospective jurors for financial details, credit card numbers, bank account or personal information like Social Security numbers. They urge residents not to provide this information to anyone claiming to be associated with the court’s jury services or law enforcement.

Anyone who receives a telephone call, email or other form of electronic communications from someone claiming to be a court employee or law enforcement officer, and requesting money or personal information relating to jury service, is advised to call the Sheriff’s Office or their local police department.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.