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DA: Phone Scammers Impersonating County Clerks Office

The Shasta County District Attorney’s Office has issued a warning about a new phone scam. The office has received reports of threatening phone calls, where a scammer calls claiming to be from the County Clerk’s Office and is calling about debts. The scammer tries to convince people to send them money or provide personal identifying information. The scammer may already have specific information about your correct name, address, and part of your social security number. That information is used to give the impression of legitimacy. The D.A.’s Office reminds people that no matter how convincing a phone call, email, or letter seems, they should be vigilant in verifying its authenticity. Always look up the real number for a government agency to ensure what the caller is saying is true. Be suspicious of anyone who asks for your social security number, wants you to wire money or load a rechargeable money card.