Butte Co. Sheriff's Office warns of phone scam

OROVILLE, Calif. - The Butte County Sheriff's Office is warning people of recent reports of a phone scam going around.

In the scam, victims say they're being contacted by a caller who says unless they make a payment in the next 90 minutes the sheriff's office will issue a warrant on them.

What's more, the scammers are reportedly using technology that registers on victim's caller ID's that the call is coming from an official sheriff's line.

The Butte County Sheriff's Office says this is simply not the way they do business.

"The main thing is, we don't make phone calls to advise people of a warrant. We just don't do that," said sheriff's office media liaison Miranda Bowersox. "So if somebody is saying they're from the sheriff's office advising of a warrant it's just not true. The safety and security of the citizens of butte county is very important to us so we're doing everything we can to investigate it."

Bowersox said those who are targeted should not provide any personal information or credit card numbers.

People who receive such a call are asked to report it to the butte county sheriff's office by calling (530) 538-7322.

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