The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office has recently received several reports of a common phone scam circulating again around the community.

As part of this scam, the caller claims they are from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office and may use several different names, with the name “Sergeant Anthony Gomes” reportedly being used most recently. The caller tells the victim that they missed a federal court appearance for which they were subpoenaed and now the victim has a federal warrant for their immediate arrest. The scammer may instruct the victim to buy gift cards or provide financial information to pay off associated fines or dismiss the warrant. In some cases, the scammer’s caller-ID has spoofed the Sheriff’s Office’s main phone number, 707-445-7251.

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office would like the community to know that this is a scam. While law enforcement may contact you regarding a warrant or investigation, we will never demand payment in exchange for dropping a warrant or stopping an investigation. Additionally, no government agency will ask you to mail large sums of cash or pay with gift cards or pre-paid money cards.

Remember these tips to help protect yourself from fraud:

1. Spot imposters

Scammers often pretend to be someone you trust, like a government official, a family member, a charity or a company with which you do business. Don’t send money or give out personal information in response to an unexpected request – whether it comes as a…

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