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Scam involving phony letters supposedly from law enforcement officers reported in Ventura County

An extortion scam has been uncovered in Ventura County.
Elizaveta Kushnirenko
An extortion scam has been uncovered in Ventura County.

People told to 'pay up' for bad check or face arrest.

Authorities are warning of yet another scam in the Tri-Counties involving people who claim to be from a law enforcement agency.

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office reports some people have received certified letters claiming that the recipient is responsible for a bad check cashed at a local restaurant. The letter threatens arrest unless a certain amount of money plus interest is paid.

The letters are from someone who is supposedly named Sheriff Smith Hughes.

The letter are completely bogus, and the Sheriff’s Office would never contact someone demanding money in this way. If you get one of the letters, detectives say you should not respond.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.