Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office Warns of Scam Call
Deputy Sheriffs spoke with a local woman on Tuesday regarding a scam call in which a male caller claimed to be with the Sheriff’s Office and had a warrant for her arrest.
Sheriff Darrell Crandall said the woman ended the call suspecting it was fraudulent and that the caller would ask for money. The caller identified himself only as the “Sheriff’s Office” and did not give his name, Crandall said.
The number came up as (207) 731-8499. Deputies called the number and a man answered the phone claiming to be the Sheriff’s Office. Crandall said when the man was told he was talking to the real Sheriff's Office, he lost interest in talking. He did not answer when the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office called back, but the voicemail recording said, “You have reached Lt. Mark Cooper. Leave a message."
Sheriff Crandall said his office is currently working to track the number to a subscriber and a location. Although they are hopeful it is in the United States, it is not likely.
If anyone received a call like this, whether you paid money to avoid a threatened arrest or not, please call the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office at 800-432-7842.
Crandall stated that legitimate police agencies do not offer to settle arrest warrants with a cash payment. Please do NOT fall for this scam.