PORTLAND, Maine — Cumberland County Sheriff Kevin Joyce issued a warning Friday regarding at least two recent attempts to scam money from people in the Portland area.
Joyce said that he heard from a constituent last Sunday evening who reported that his 84-year-old father had received a telephone call earlier in the day from an individual claiming to be a lieutenant with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office.
The so-called lieutenant reportedly told the elderly man that there was an outstanding warrant for him for failing to report for grand jury duty in February. The phoney lieutenant told the victim that he could pay $475 and avoid arrest but said the victim would have to go to Walgreens and get a voucher in order to pay.
Joyce said that the Portland Police Department took another complaint on Sunday from a resident who told a similar story and provided the same name for the lieutenant. In that incident, the victim was told that he owed $490 to avoid arrest. The victim was ordered to meet the caller at a location near the Cumberland County Courthouse.
Joyce said the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office does not have a lieutenant by the name being used in the scam. Anyone who has received a phone call like the ones described is asked to call the Cumberland County Regional Communications Center at 893-2810.