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Scammers Calling Mendocino County Residents Claiming to be Social Security Threatening Arrest for Not Divulging Info


The following is a statement issued on the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page:

The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office has received a report of an ongoing telephone scam in Mendocino County.

The caller is identifying themselves as a representative of the Social Security Administration and is requesting personal information.

Person(s) refusing to comply with the request are being threatened that an arrest warrant will be issued for their arrest for non-compliance.

This is a SCAM and please do not given anyone your personal information over the telephone, especially during these types of telephone calls.

Please contact your local law enforcement agency prior to engaging in any similar requests to protect yourself against identity theft.


  1. Other one going round locally is calls from fake Amazon reps claiming there have been fraudulent charges attempted on your account, and to either push button number (?) or call them back if they left message. They claim charge was attempted and they didn’t allow it, but if you want it to go through, call them etc. Sounds very legitimate but it’s a scam, not a new scam as it’s been used in years past, but going around locally right now. Just use the old rules of never giving any information to anybody you don’t personally know and trust.

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Matt LaFever
Matt LaFever
Picking Brains—Baring Bones—Playing it By Ear: I'm a reporter in Mendocino County and the Founder of MendoFever.

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