California Highway Patrol said some San Diegans have received calls of someone claiming to be a law enforcement officer.
Officials said the callers will identify themselves as members of CHP, then provide false information regarding a loved one or relative and make various demands. Many times the caller will use the name of the person being called.
In one case reported, the caller claimed to be a CHP sergeant who had the victim’s grandson in a holding cell. The caller related the grandson had been involved in a traffic collision and did not have insurance. The caller told them to send money to pay for the damage caused by the collision and the grandson would be released without a police record.
Officials are investigating the incident, but are warning residents in the meantime not to release personal or financial information over the phone, as law enforcement personnel do not request money be sent to avoid an arrest.
Anyone who receives a call they believe to be fraudulent is encouraged to call the police or sheriff’s office non-emergency number.