The Kern County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents of a phone scam in which the callers claims to be from the Sheriff’s Office and that the recipient has a warrant that must be paid.
The caller, sometimes an automated message, says the fine must be paid through a listed “bonds office” or a QR code in order to avoid arrest.
Sheriff’s officials warn that these calls are a scam, and that the office does not accept any type of payment to clear a warrant.
The scam is not new, even to Kern County Sheriff’s Office, which has warned the public about the problem for the past two years.
Similar scams have been perpetrated with the callers purporting to represent other agencies, including the IRS, claiming the recipient has outstanding tax payments due.
For any phone call from an unknown person requesting money,…