Eureka, Ca. (KIEM) — It seems like every day you hear about another scam call making the rounds, and the latest target is the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office.
Recently, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office has gotten reports of scam callers contacting residents. Specifically, the caller claims they are with the sheriff’s office and that they will be arrested unless they send money to the caller. Some callers are even going as far as giving out employee names, like Lieutenant Kevin Miller.
The sheriff’s office isn’t the only one reporting scam calls. PG&E has seen double the amount of scam calls here in the county and Fortuna Police had reports of callers spoofing local numbers.
For residents out there, there are some steps you can take to protect yourself from those unwanted calls. One way is to hang up and call the phone number of the organization the caller is claiming to be.
If you are the victim of a scam call, you can report it to the sheriff’s office and also to the Federal Trade Commission.