SAN FRANCISCO—The San Francisco Police Department is warning the public to be aware of an arrest warrant scam that is transpiring in the region. The SFPD reported that scammers are calling residents claiming informing them they have outstanding warrants or have committed crimes including prostitution and must pay a fine.
The scammers sometimes utilize technology known as “caller ID spoofing” to display the SFPD non-emergency phone number or other official looking phone numbers on the victim’s caller ID.
Officials are asking all members of the community to be aware of strangers calling for money to pay outstanding warrants or fines as this is not the correct procedure. Anyone who receives a call should hang up immediately and not engage the caller with conversation or give personal information out.
The SFPD is asking anyone who has received a call and gave out personal identification details (like a Social Security Number or driver’s license number) or gave payment of any form should file a police report in their jurisdiction of their residence.