Lomita sheriff’s deputies warned Tuesday of a phone scam in which a caller claiming to be the station’s captain, Dan Beringer, asks the person receiving the call to purchase gift cards to pay for an “outstanding warrant.”

The captain is not making such calls. No one should ever agree to make any payment over the phone to unverified persons, deputies said.

Deputies advised residents with questions to call the station at 310-539-1661.

The Lomita sheriff’s station has jurisdiction in Lomita, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills Estates, and Rolling Hills, and unincorporated areas on the Palos Verdes Peninsula and near San Pedro.

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