Scams and fake phone calls are horrible tricks that thieves use to steal money from unsuspecting victims. Now, a new scam is going around that has police warning citizens.
"Callers posing as members of the sheriff’s office through an audio clip are telling residents they need to resolve matters related to missed court appearances and jury duty, a spokesperson for the sheriff’s office said," according to reports.
The scammers tell people they need to pay outrageous amounts of money in order to avoid legal trouble. The scammers have actually gotten a lot of people with their tricks since they claim to be official police officers.
Luckily, law enforcement is on the case. They have spoken out about the scam and have warned citizens that they would never call them over the phone with such important information.
“Nationwide, these scammers are attempting to use the criminal justice system and the threat of arrest as a tool to frighten people into paying large sums of money,” said Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian. “We want residents to be aware of these scams and these tactics in order to better protect themselves.”
If you receive one of these calls you should simply hang up the phone and let your local law enforcement officers know about the call. Also, reach out to officials if you feel that you, or someone you know, has been caught in this scam.