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Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian is warning residents about a telephone scam involving callers posing as deputy sheriffs and threatening to arrest people for not paying outstanding bills or fines.

“No member of this office, or any legitimate law enforcement agency, will ever threaten arrest in such a manner,” Koutoujian said in a statement issued Friday night.

The sheriff’s department has received “multiple calls” in recent days from local residents reporting the scam, Koutoujian said.

In each case, the caller claimed to be a deputy sheriff, provided a name and badge number and indicated “either a warrant or complaint had been issued for the individual’s arrest,” Koutoujian said. “Fortunately . . . (residents) recognized them as scams.”

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Koutoujian is urging residents not to provide callers with any personal or financial information, such as a Social Security number, date of birth, bank account or credit card number.

Residents of Middlesex County who receive the calls should contact the sheriff’s department or their local police department to report it, Koutoujian said.


Reenat Sinay can be reached at reenat.sinay@globe.com.