Scammers pretend to be from county court

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Attorney General Peter Kilmartin is warning consumers about a new scam where someone claims to be from the Providence County Court.

Kilmartin says the scam artist demands payment of a monetary fine by a pre-paid debit card over the phone, or in person at Providence City Hall. He says a man contacted his office after he received a call from an individual claiming to be from the court, informing him of a warrant.

Kilmartin says the number that appeared on the consumer’s caller ID was a fax number at the Rhode Island Supreme Court clerk’s office. He says the scam is a highly sophisticated way to trick consumers.

The Rhode Island Judiciary does not contact individuals for outstanding warrants and law enforcement agencies don’t accept payments in lieu of arrest.

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