News Story

 

Phone Scam Targets Citizens in Ventura County
6/22/2017 1:30:00 PM

 

Nature of Incident:

Phone Scam Targets Citizens in Ventura County

Location:

Countywide

Date & Time:

June 22, 2017 @ 9:00 AM

Unit(s) Responsible:

East County Financial Crimes Unit

Narrative:


Citizens throughout the County of Ventura have reported that they have received calls from telephone number (805) 258-7065. The phone number is a recorded message advising the receiver of the call that they have reached the Civil Order Processing Unit of the County Sheriff's Department.  The message additionally states, they process payments for missed jury duty or traffic fines.

The victim is instructed to leave a message and / or a live person may get on the line. The scammer will state they are associated with the Ventura County Sheriff's Office and provide the false name of a high ranking police officer. The victim is told to purchase a MoneyPak card or other re-loadable type gift card and asked to read the numbers off of the back of the card.to the scammer.

 

This phone number is NOT associated with the Ventura County Sheriff's Office.

The Ventura County Sheriff's Office will not ask you to purchase a re-loadable gift card or Moneypak card and read the number off of the back of the card for payment of fines or missed jury duty. If you believe you missed jury duty or have an unpaid traffic fine call the Ventura County Court directly at (805) 289-8900 or visit the website at www.ventura.courts.ca.gov/ .


The Sheriff's Office recommends that you do not call a phone number that is provided by a scammer or a phone number left on a voicemail requesting a call back. Always do your research utilizing the internet or a phone book before providing any personal information or sending money.

If you have been scammed and suffered a financial loss contact Sheriff's Dispatch at (805) 654 9511 to file a report. You can also file a complaint online with the Federal Trade Commission at
www.ftc.gov or the Federal Bureau of Investigation at www.ic3.gov.

Prepared by:

Detective Timothy Lohman

 

News Release Date:

June 22, 2017

 

Media Follow-Up Contact:

Detective Timothy Lohman (805) 947-8255

tim.lohman@ventura.org

 

Approved by:

Captain Garo Kuredjian

 





 

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime.  The caller may remain anonymous.  The call is not recorded.  Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).