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CUMBERLAND COUNTY, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office is warning the public about a phone scam that they originally heard about in March, and have heard about several times since.

Police say two people received phone calls in March from a caller claiming to be a Lieutenant with the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office and advising the person that they had an outstanding warrant for failing to appear for Grand Jury. The alleged Lieutenant advised the victim about how he could pay money to avoid arrest.

In May, police received more tips about calls similar in nature - only this time, the callers mentioned the legitimate rank and name of a Cumberland County Sheriff's Office employee. In earlier calls, the name the callers gave were fictitious.

Tuesday, police heard two more complaints about telephone calls with the same scam.

In a statement, police said "The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office does not typically get involved with issues surrounding failing to appear at grand jury." They suggest if you receive a similar phone call, you should hang up and call the court to confirm the legitimacy of the call.

If you have more information regarding this phone scam, contact Sheriff Kevin J. Joyce at 774-1444.

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