BILLERICA – The Middlesex Sheriff’s Office is warning the public about ongoing scam calls in which criminals are posing as members of the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office.
Over the past several days, the Sheriff’s office has received multiple calls from individuals reporting they had been contacted by men claiming to be deputies. The scammers used the names of real deputies and told citizens they need to turn themselves in or face arrest. In this and similar scams, victims are told they may be able to get out of the arrest by paying a fine using gift cards.
The Middlesex Sheriff’s Office has determined several of those who reported receiving calls have profiles on a website containing profiles of mental health professionals. The office has seen a similar trend in prior iterations of this imposter scam.
“We want everyone to be aware of these scams,” said Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian. “Whether you are a retiree, laborer or medical professional – no one is immune from being targeted by these criminals.”
Anyone who believes they have been the victim of this, or any, imposter scam is encouraged to contact their local police department.
Individuals may also report the matter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/Information#crnt&panel1-1.