(I had this happen on a webpage. Was convincing until I thought about it.)
MARIN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
ROBERT T. DOYLE, SHERIFF-CORONER
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Released By: Sergeant N. Snyder firstname.lastname@example.org
Residents of Marin County have been receiving fictitious telephone calls about outstanding arrest warrants
due to missed jury service, red light violations, failure to pay a parking ticket, or they owe money to the
Internal Revenue Service (IRS). These telephone scams are occurring nationwide and one should be
suspicious of any caller identifying themselves as a law enforcement official or government employee
demanding a "fine" be paid immediately over the telephone via credit/debit card or pre-paid cards (i.e. :
Green Dot cards). These callers are reportedly intimidating and threatening when demanding fines be paid
immediately. Law enforcement officials do not call people and demand that fines be paid immediately over
If you receive a telephone call from someone impersonating a law enforcement official and have caller I.D.,
record the telephone number. Ask the caller for their name, badge number, agency they are employed, their
call back telephone number, and the court or ticket number they are calling about. Tell them you will call
their agency and hang up. Do not provide any credit/debit card, or pre-paid debit card information to these
callers. Also, do not provide any of your personal identity information. Be vigilant in protecting your
personal identity information from both telephone and email scams.
Even if you have committed an infraction that could result in a fine, law enforcement officials do not contact
you by telephone to collect payment. Law enforcement officials do not require anyone to provide sensitive
information in a telephone call, including requests for credit card numbers. It is a crime for anyone to falsely
represent himself or herself as a law enforcement official.
If you have additional questions regarding protecting yourself and your family from telephone or email
scams, visit a federal, state, or local law enforcement website for educational materials on how to protect
your personal identity information from criminals:
www.IRS.GOV More info on scams, click on "Tax Scams" under "News/Events."
www.stopfraud.gov Federal Government Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force. This website will point
you to what agency you need to report your fraud. They will have a link for tax fraud, insurance fraud,
identity theft, and many more. The website also contains information on how to avoid different scams.
www.fraud.org is from the National Consumer League and is a website designated to provide you
information on current fraud scams and how to obtain information.
www.BFI.GOV The Federal Bureau of Investigations will investigate common fraud scams, investment
related scams, internet scams, and Senior Citizen scams. For internet related scams specifically please go
to www.IC3.GOV The FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center to file a report.
www.OAG.CA.GOV State of California Department of Justice Office of the Attorney General which has
information on identity theft crimes and will provide resources for e-crimes.
Persons wishing to give crime tips are encouraged to call the Sheriff's Office at 415-473-7233.
To remain anonymous and possibly become eligible for a cash reward call Bay Area Crime Stoppers at