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Sheriff Warns of Cop Impersonation Scam

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. Did you get one of these calls?

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 20, 2012 at 09:31 AM
This reminds me of this payday loan scam reported at http://www.callercenter.com. It said there that the scammer poses as a person with authority and demands payment for a loan supposedly taken a long time ago. If the victim refuses to hand over credit card details, the scammer threatens him with a lawsuit or even bodily harm. It seems to me that these scammers just put on a new twist to their old scams. Unfortunately for them, people are wiser than they imagined. How much would it take to make these crooks realize they're not making any easy money from scamming again?
Meggle October 21, 2012 at 12:40 AM
The problem is they are making easy money. Elderly victims especially are vulnerable to this type of scam :\

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