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The Middlesex Sheriff’s Office again warns area residents to be aware of active telephone scams in which perpetrators pose as members of law enforcement.

The office has recently received information from four residents alleging they have been contacted by individuals posing as members of the sheriff's office. In one call, the scammers used the name of a current employee, while in three others the perpetrators provided the name of an employee of another area law enforcement agency.

“By utilizing the names of real correction officers, deputy sheriffs and police officers, these perpetrators are trying to lend an additional layer of creditability to their scams,” said Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian in a June 8 news release. “Fortunately, in all four of the recently reported cases, most of the those contacted quickly realized the calls were fraudulent and none lost any money.”

In each of the cases reported to the office, perpetrators indicated they were calling to discuss legal matters, including outstanding warrants. In one case, the scammer claimed the person he was calling had failed to appear in court as an expert witness and was subject to arrest; however, the victim could avoid arrest if she used Venmo to pay a $4,000 fine.

“No legitimate member of law enforcement will ever ask a member of the public to pay a fine using Venmo, Bitcoin or by wire transfer,” said Koutoujian. “This is tell-tale sign that you are dealing with a scammer and should immediately hang up the phone.”

Residents who receive scam calls in which individuals identify themselves as Middlesex sheriff deputies may call 978-667-1711 and ask to speak with the Inner Perimeter Security Unit. Individuals are also encouraged to notify their local police department.

To learn more about law enforcement arrest scams and how to protect yourself, please visit our website at www.middlesexsheriff.org/arrestscams.

This news announcement was published Friday, June 9, 2023, based on information from Kevin Maccioli of the Middlesex Sheriff's Office.