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Crime Alert — Man Impersonates Peace Officer in Scam Targeting East County Residents

The Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff would like to warn the public about an individual who is impersonating an employee of the Office of the Sheriff. Since last month this man has randomly called numerous residents in East Contra Costa County claiming to be “Lieutenant Stevens.” The caller tells listeners that they have a warrant for their arrest. In order to clear the warrant, the caller then requests payment over the phone through reloadable prepaid cards that could be purchased at local drug stores.

There is no one by that name employed by the Office of the Sheriff. It is not the practice of any law enforcement agency to have people clear their warrants over the telephone through reloadable prepaid cards.

Several people have been victimized by this type of fraudulent activity. Anyone receiving such a call should refuse to provide any personal information to the caller. Please contact your local law enforcement agency and notify them of the incident. The Office of the Sheriff takes these cases seriously and is currently working with East County law enforcement agencies in an effort to identify and apprehend the suspect.