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Phone scam mimics San Diego court number, threatens arrest for money

Posted at 12:03 PM, Jan 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-23 15:03:27-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Several residents have reported receiving calls from San Diego Superior Court demanding money for pending court cases or face arrest.

The scam has been reported by several members of the county Hispanic community, according to court officials. The caller says the potential victim has a pending case and that they must deposit money into a bank account or an arrest warrant will be issued.

Scammers are using software to mask their number, so the ongoing calls will display the official court phone number in Caller ID.

"The Court would like to remind the public that it will not demand money over to phone to clear up cases or dismiss any warrants. When in doubt, immediately hang up and call the Court on your own," a release from San Diego Superior Court said.

Law enforcement officials also recommend hanging up and calling authorities if scammers become aggressive over the phone.