December 22, 2014

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Sheriff’s office advises of telephone scam

Residents are being warned of a scam caller who is pretending to be serving contempt of court notices over the phone.

The Lorain County Sheriff’s Office has received several complaints over the last week of a person alleging to be a law enforcement officer with one of the municipal courts or county’s clerk of courts office, according to a press release from the office.

The male caller advises the victim that he or she is in contempt of court, and needs to pay a fine to avoid being arrested immediately, the release states. The caller then advises the victim to either bring the money to the clerk of court, or attempts to get the victim to pay the fine over the phone.

The sheriff’s office warns that this is a scam. The sheriff’s office does not call people who are in contempt of court to pay fines over the phone, and the courts do not advise people about warrants over the phone, the release states.

Residents are reminded not to give out any personal, credit or debit card information over the phone.

Anyone who receives a call of this nature should contact their local police agency.