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Middlesex Sheriff warns residents of phone scam

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  October 18, 2012 03:00 PM

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The Middlesex Sheriff’s Office is warning citizens today of a telephone scam where a man falsely claims to work for the Civil Process Division of the sheriff's office and asks residents to wire money to his bank.

In the scam, the man allegedly claims to be a Middlesex Sheriff’s Office deputy working on behalf of a group named "American Cash" and an out of state law firm, and tells the person that 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."

Koutoujian said the deputies in the Civil Process Division sometimes make arrests but they 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.

Citizens that receive similar calls should not give any personal information to the caller and should immediately report the call to their local law enforcement agency and/or the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office Investigation Unit at 978-932-3104.

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