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SAN DIEGO – San Diego Superior Court warned San Diego-area residents Tuesday about a telephone scam carried out by swindlers posing as a member of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.

The perpetrator of the fraudulent scheme tells the person answering the phone that a warrant has been issued for failing to show up in court as a witness to a traffic accident. The man demands cash payment to make the charges go away.

The scammer is well-rehearsed, using actual court locations and judges’ names when talking with potential victims.

“These scammers move through from time to time. Sometimes they tell people there are charges for failing to show up for jury services or charges for clearing up arrest warrants. Once again, we want the public to know the court or law enforcement will not call you with this type of issue and the court will never demand cash as the way to make charges go away,” says Executive Officer Michael Roddy.

Anyone receiving a fraudulent call should avoid releasing personal information and report the crime to local law enforcement.

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