LA Sheriff's Department Scam Call
By an edhat reader
Beware of a new Scam Call Pretending to be Los Angeles Sheriff's Department!
I recently received a message on our home phone from someone claiming he was "Deputy Brian Orr" with the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department and to call him back as soon as possible due to "a very serious matter".
It certainly sounded official and when I called back the number he left (213- 373-6087) you get a very believable voice recording stating "You have reached the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department; if you know your party's extension, enter that now."
Yes, I did get a "sheriff" who claimed I had two bench warrants out for my arrest due for failing to appear at a Grand Jury in Los Angeles on March 11. Of course, I had never received such notice to appear, although it was disturbing that he knew my home address. I was disconnected twice while trying to get to the bottom of this and when he called back, I mistakenly gave him my cell phone number, he claimed "we are having trouble with our phone lines today" and then "you will have to come down and......" and then got cut off again.
This made me suspicious and when I looked up the phone number and it had been reported as a scam number and not the LASD at all. When he called back a third time and I shouted out that I had looked up this number and it had been reported a scam and I was reporting it, he promptly hung up. Just a warning to any individuals who receive this call and it's very unsettling that scammers can now falsely duplicate law enforcement agencies.