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SCV News | L.A. County Sheriff’s Department Issues Warning on Threat-based Impersonation Scams

Uploaded on Wednesday, July 6th, 2022

by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has issued a situational awareness alert to residents of the Santa Clarita Valley regarding threat-based identity fraud.

Scammers obtain personal information from multiple sources and falsely impersonate government officials or large corporations to trick victims. Scammers often demand money in the form of gift cards or cryptocurrency to “solve” problems. Don’t pressure callers by threatening them. Law enforcement/government agencies never ask for any payment over the phone.

Tactics.

— Scammers collect information about their potential victims from online sources such as LinkedIn, social media, professional profiles and online search tools.

— Scammers call and use previously collected information about victims to trick victims into thinking the callers are government officials.

— To make their claims more credible, fraudsters falsify phone numbers of legitimate government agencies and use the real names of government officials.

— They threaten victims with arrest for outstanding warrants or other legal issues.

— They instruct victims to “resolve” the issue by “putting up collateral” by sending money in gift cards or cryptocurrency.

— They typically instruct victims to provide gift card codes over the phone or send cryptocurrency to an address provided by the suspect.

— Scammers sometimes ask victims to send their photos for a “virtual reservation.”

— They often demand that the victims stay on the phone until their demands are fulfilled.

Be careful.

— If you are unsure of the origin of a call, text or email, verify the identity and history of the senders/callers through independent sources, including visiting your local police/sheriff’s stations.

— Do not oppress the callers by threatening them. hang up and check out their stories. Do not use contact information provided by callers or numbers that call you, as these numbers may be spoofed.

— The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department or other law enforcement agencies will never solicit payment of any kind over the phone.

— Financial transactions with the Sheriff’s Department are conducted in person, at local sheriff’s stations, courthouses, or custody facilities.

— Never send money or give your bank account information, credit card information, or other personal information to anyone you do not know or trust.

If you are a victim of this crime, please contact the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Department at (661)260-4000.

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