last few days, several Inland Empire police agencies have been inundated with
reports of a telephone fraud utilizing the use of “Green Dot” debit cards.
consists of victims receiving telephone calls to landlines from a man
representing himself as a “Major” with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s
Department. The suspect informs the victims he/she has failed to respond or
comply with “jury duty,” thus resulting in the issuance of an arrest
warrant. The suspect threatens the
victim with arrest, unless he/she pays a fine ranging from $1,200 to $2,000.
The suspect directs the victims to drive to the nearest CVS or Rite Aid
pharmacies and purchase a Green Dot debit card to use it for payment of the
fine. The suspect directs the victim to call and provide the serial number
printed on the back of the card completing the payment transaction.
The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department
does not call people who fail to comply with jury duty commitments nor collects
fines to settle arrest warrants over the telephone. If a warrant is issued
and/or a bail amount is listed, payment must be in person at the local
receives a telephone call with a similar situation, we recommend you hang up
and immediately notify your local law enforcement agency. Contact detectives at
the Chino Hills Station at (909) 364-2000 if you have any questions or
additional information regarding this case.