The Amador County Sheriff’s Office received a report from a citizen advising that he was the victim of a scam. The subject said he received a phone call from (209) 221-4896 that showed on the caller ID as “Martin Ryan.” When he answered the phone, the person told him that he had a warrant and that he would be arrested unless he paid $2,500. The citizen was told to purchase gift cards to make the payment.

The Amador County Sheriff’s Office does not collect money in lieu of going to jail. If anyone receives a call asking for payment to be made in gift cards it is likely a scam. There have been similar cases where the suspects posed as PG&E employees, or IRS Agents, none of whom collect gift cards as payment.

If you receive a call from an unknown person and they are requesting money or personal information, you may be the intended victim of a scam. If you are not sure, feel free to contact the Amador County Sheriff’s Office, (209) 223-6500.