State Police, Division of Sheriffs warning of phone scheme

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(WPRI) — The Rhode Island State Police and the Division of Sheriffs are warning people to be on the lookout for a telephone scheme demanding money for fines that do not exist.

Several people have reported receiving phone calls on Friday from a person claiming to be Chief Sheriff David DeCesare or one of the deputy sheriffs asking for payment for fines owed or for missing jury duty and that the person could be arrested if their was no payment made. Those calls did not come from the Division of Sheriffs.

According to DeCesare at least one person fell victim to the scam, paying $700 in pre-paid money card.

DeCesare says that while the Division of Sheriffs does call people to ask them to arrange for service of summonses or writs, they do not call people to impose or arrange payment of fines or any other fees. The people who were called as part of this scam do not appear to have owed any fines.

DeCesare added people should not respond to any call from individuals claiming to be deputy sheriffs seeking money.

Anyone with questions about any call from his office can contact the Division of Sheriffs at (401) 275-2900 to confirm whether it is legitimate.

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