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Kern County Sheriff's Office warns the public of phone scam

Kern County Sheriff’s Office

At this time, the subject appears to be calling doctors’ offices, claiming they are employed by KCSO, and have a civil matter to discuss with the doctor.

This is a scam. The Kern County Sheriff’s Office does not handle Court Order Civil matters over the phone and would never ask for any form of payment or personal information.

The scammer may begin reaching out to other businesses or residents. Anyone who receives a call from an unknown person requesting money should research the matter before providing any funds or personal information. You can do this by locating the organization’s telephone number online and contacting them directly. When you take a phone call you suspect to be a scam; you can ask the caller for their name, employee identification number, callback number, and a reference number for the matter they are calling about. This information can be used to contact the organization directly to determine the validity of the request.

If you receive suspicious telephone calls that you believe to be a scam, you are urged to contact the Kern County Sheriff’s Office at (661) 861-3110, or your local law enforcement agency to report the incident.