Phone scheme threatens arrest

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) — The New Bedford Police Department is warning residents about a phone scheme. You may get a phone call where the caller pretends to be from the sheriff’s office.

The caller may claim one of your family members has an outstanding warrant for their arrest, and that you need to call the Massachusetts State Police and ask for a “Randy Smith.”

The caller also may threaten that your family member could be arrested if you don’t comply.

If you do get a call like this — you’re encouraged to call your local police department — and to not give the caller any personal information.

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