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Phone Scam Impersonates San Mateo County Sheriff To Get Personal Info

HILLSBOROUGH (CBS SF) -- Police were warning Hillsborough residents to be on the lookout for telephone scam involving a caller falsely identifying themselves as a San Mateo County sheriff's lieutenant.

On Monday, police received several calls reporting the phone scam in which a person claims to be Lt. Paul Stevens with the sheriff's office and leaves a message telling the resident they have missed a court date, according to police.

The caller then advises the resident to call them back at (650) 435-3926 and provide personal details about themselves, police said.

Police investigators have confirmed with the sheriff's office that no such employee exists, confirming the calls are a scam, according to police.

Anyone who receives such a call is advised not to provide personal information, police said.

Authorities do not solicit personal information from residents over the phone, according to police.

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