Scammers posing as officials with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office are threatening people with arrest if the don't pay up for ostensibly skipping out on jury duty.
The phone scam has been going on for weeks, targeting hundreds of people across the county -- and apparently some people have fallen for it.
On Wednesday, according to sheriff's spokeswoman Kelly Hoover, about 25 people at the Sheriff's Office Main Headquarters "reported that they had been contacted directly by the Sheriff's Office and warned that a warrant was out for their arrest because they did not show up for required jury duty."
After making the threat, the caller demands the prospective victim "use a pre-paid credit card to clear the outstanding warrant."
"The Sheriff's Office wants to caution residents that these calls are fraudulent and have no connection to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office," according to Ms. Hoover.
Anyone who receives such a call should hang up and call the Sheriff