Sheriff's officials warn public about phone scam in Santa Cruz

- Sheriff's officials in Santa Cruz County are warning the public about a phone scam recently reported by residents.

According to sheriff's officials, on Thursday a few county residents received phone calls from (415) 347-9850.

The callers claimed they were from the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office.

The callers inform the victims that they've missed jury duty and must pay a fine or be arrested.

According to sheriff's officials, the victims are then instructed to purchase a Green Dot card at a Walgreens or CVS and once the payment is received, they can go to the sheriff's office to obtain a receipt.

Sheriff's officials said they, nor any other government agency, would ever ask for payment over the phone.

The public is urged to be cautious.

Anyone who is contacted by a government agency and asked to provide money over the phone is encouraged to call the agency directly for confirmation.

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