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Middlesex Sheriff’s Office Warns of Scam

The office is warning citizens of a telephone scam.

The Middlesex Sheriff’s Office warned citizens Thursday 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 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 20, 2012 at 08:48 AM
Glad you brought this up. I was starting to wonder if the authorities does allow legal complaints to be settled over the phone. Like what I have read at http://www.callercenter.com, the caller who claimed his name was Officer Marks told the victim she owed money and there's already a lawsuit against her for not paying. But she could avoid settling in court if she paid over the phone. Good thing the victim did not believe the caller, though she was afraid the call may have been legit.

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