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San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

Press Release



Date/Time:       Sunday, June 22, 2014

Incident:      Suspect posing as law enforcement threatens arrest in an attempt to defraud.

Location:          San Bernardino and Riverside Counties

Suspect(s):     Unknown



Summary

Within the 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.

 

The fraud 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 courthouse.

 

If anyone 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.

 

Case # 221401765



John McMahon, Sheriff-Coroner

San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

Sheriff’s Public Affairs Division

655 E. Third Street

San Bernardino, California 92415-0061

Telephone: (909) 387-3700



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