published on June 14, 2016 - 1:11 AM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

Fresno County Superior Court officials are warning the public about a new phone scam targeted at obtaining sensitive personal information.

Recently a Fresno County Superior Court employee received a call on a personal cell phone from someone purporting to be a court employee, according to a press release issued Tuesday. “The caller identified themselves as ‘the clerk to the board’ and instructed the employee to call an out of area phone number in another state to confirm sensitive information to avoid arrest from an alleged warrant. The caller ID appeared to be from a court even though the call was fraudulent.”

Court Executive Officer Sheran Morton cautioned against falling for the new scam. “In this instance because the target happened to be a court employee, they were aware that courts do not solicit such information and sought guidance from their supervisor.” 

Morton said Fresno County Superior Court employees do not call the public to obtain personal information such as social security numbers or financial information — or to request payment. 

“If you receive a call from an individual who states that they are calling from a court, do not give the caller any personal information,” the release stated. “If you think that the call may be legitimate, contact the court directly after obtaining their contact information independently. If the call is fraudulent, report it to your local law enforcement agency.”

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