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Middlesex County Sheriff Warns of Phone Scam

Caller threatens arrest if money is not wired to an account.

[Editor's note: The following information is from a press statement submitted by the Middlesex County Sheriff's office.]

The Middlesex Sheriff’s Office is warning citizens today of a telephone scam involving a man falsely claiming to work for the Civil Process Division of the office.

In the scam, the man allegedly claiming to be a Middlesex Sheriff’s Office deputy working on behalf of group named ‘American Cash’ and with an out of state law firm tells the person being called he, or she, will be arrested if they do not wire money to a specific bank. The call might appear to be coming from a legitimate sheriff’s office number, but it is not.

“We want citizens to be aware of this scam so they can properly protect themselves,” said Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian. “These are not legitimate calls. Arrests performed by the Civil Process Division deputies are done in person, never over the phone and the individual is brought to court to resolve the matter.”

The law group, who also appears to be a victim of this scam, has already posted a warning on its website regarding the scam.

The MSO is advising citizens that receive similar calls that they should not give any personal information to the caller and should immediately report the call to their local law enforcement agency.

We also ask that you contact the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office Investigation Unit at 978-932-3104.

Michael Dwells October 23, 2012 at 02:28 PM
The Middlesex Sheriff’s Office is doing a good job raising a warning but how much can they do against these highly organized international criminals? Don't you think it's time we, the public, also take part in stopping these scams by being vigilant and reporting any information, especially the phone number, to consumer protection websites such as www.callercenter.com so the warning reaches a lot of people in shorter time and with lesser effort? I think so. Yes.

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