Bangor police warn residents about national phone scam

Posted Oct. 24, 2012, at 10:18 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Bangor police are warning residents to be wary of a phone scam trying to bilk people into paying money to avoid arrest.

Police received a complaint Tuesday from a woman who said she received a call from a male who said she had a warrant out for her arrest and to call Officer Richard Johnson at a Texas phone number to make a payment, Sgt. Paul Edwards said Wednesday morning. The caller ID read “Emergency 911.”

Officer Chris Blanchard followed up on the complaint by calling the Texas number, but “was given the runaround,” according to Edwards.

Blanchard then called the Texas attorney general’s office, which said the call was part of a nationwide scam the office had received numerous complaints about.

Edwards said people should be sure they’re dealing with a reputable institution before giving out any personal information.

“Again, if you receive any phone call from anyone claiming to be in powerful position demanding money, please check the source to make certain it is reliable, as in most cases it is not,” Edwards said.

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