The Redlands Police Department is warning residents, especially seniors, about phone scammers who may try to extort money by impersonating law-enforcement officials and demanding would-be victims to pay a fine for failing to appear for jury duty.
According to police, the scam artist may pretend to be a court officials or police officer and threaten that the victim has a court hearing or that they or their spouse may be arrested unless a large fine is paid over the phone by credit card or by providing bank information, officials said.
Law enforcement officers do not serve warrants or collect fines over the telephone, officials said. The court will always contact you by mail.
There have not been any reported incidents in Redlands but there have been in the surrounding area and local investigators are prepared.
If you do receive such a call, officials remind you:
- Do not supply or confirm any personal information.
- Ask for the caller’s name, employee or badge number and contact information.
- Locate a legitimate contact number for the court or police station using the telephone directory. Do not use the contact number provided by the caller!
- Call the court or police station and inform them of the call you received and verify that you have no outstanding issues.
If you think you may be a victim of a scam, contact San Bernardino County Adult Protective Services at (877) 565-2020, or your local police department.