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Scam callers purport to be police agencies

Officials with both the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department and Oakdale Police Department are warning the public about ongoing spam calls seeking donations.

The sheriff’s department issued an alert about the calls just a couple of days ago.

“It came to our attention that some residents in Stanislaus County have experienced spam calls pretending to be the Sheriff’s Office,” information from the department indicated.

Authorities asked residents to remember that law enforcement or a government agency will never seek payment of any kind from residents to avoid arrest.

“If you cannot verify the caller’s identity, feel unsafe, or suspect criminal activity, call your local non-emergency dispatch line,” the sheriff’s department recommended.

They also remind residents to never share personal or financial information over the phone with someone you do not know.

A few days prior to the sheriff’s department alert, the Oakdale Police Department put out a similar warning.

“Oakdale PD recently learned that some of our residents are getting phone calls from someone posing as the Oakdale Chief of Police. The caller then demands money,” the department noted.

Confirming that the calls are a scam, officials said neither Oakdale Police Chief Jerry Ramar or the police department itself would solicit or demand money via phone call.

Also, the Oakdale Police noted that they were aware of an FBI operation in the city early Tuesday morning, June 18, that reportedly included the serving of some warrants in multiple locations. No other information was available, as it was not an operation affiliated with the local department.