HCSO: 2 types of scam calls circulating claiming to be sheriff's office asking for money

The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office (HCSO) is warning of two types of scam calls that have been circulating recently: The Lt. McDonald scam and the bail scam.

The Lt. Mcdonald Scam:

The caller claims he is a member of the sheriff's office and that the scam victims have a warrant out for their arrest. The victims are then directed to obtain a Green Dot card form Safeway or Walgreens, and pay the warrant fine over the telephone. Additional victims have been told to meet the lieutenant outside the sheriff's office to pay the fine.

"The sheriff's office will never ask you to pay a fine over the phone or through a money card, nor will the sheriff's office ask you to meet an officer outside the courthouse," the HCSO said.

The Bail Scam:

As part of the scam, the caller claims to be from a police department or sheriff's office. The scammer tells the victim that their loved one is in jail and needs their help to post bail. The scammer then instructs the victim to purchase prepaid cards or gift cards, then pass along the code located on the back of the card to the scammer. In one case, the scammer asked the victim to purchase gift cards from Home Depot.

"Law enforcement will never call you for bail money and will never ask you to pay via prepaid cards or gift cards," the sheriff's office said.

If you are worried your loved one is in custody, call the Humboldt County Correctional Facility directly at 707-441-5121.

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