The Pleasanton Police Department and Alameda County Sheriff's Office have issued warnings about a scam targeting county residents.
There have been recent reports of citizens receiving phone calls from someone claiming to be a lieutenant with the Alameda County Sheriff's Office. The caller alleges that the resident failed to report for jury duty and that a fine has been assessed against them.
The citizen is then requested to go to a nearby CVS and send a $500 money order to take care of the fine. They may also be asked to address the supposed fine over the phone.
The Superior Court of Alameda County typically sends a failure to appear notice before taking any action. It does not call citizens by phone.
The police department advises anyone who receives such a call to hang up and inform others so they do not fall victim to the scam. Questions can be directed to the sheriff's office tip line, 510-667-3622.