Breaking News: Scam alert from Sheriff Jim Cummings

That person on the phone isn't from Sheriff Cummings' office...
Barnstable County Sheriff James Cummings

Barnstable County Sheriff Jim Cummings issued the statement below at 10:15 this morning.  Apparently someone is making phone calls, purporting to be with his department and swindling victims out of money...

Barnstable County Sheriff Jim Cumming today warned Cape Cod and area residents that a phone scam making the rounds last summer has resurfaced.

The scam caller identifies him or herself as a lieutenant at the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office, and goes on to say that for $100 he or she can clear up some outstanding criminal warrants. 

The caller then explains how the money transfer can be effected – in essence a $100 swindle for him and a corresponding loss for the person being duped.

Sheriff Cummings offered Cape residents two iron-clad bits of advice: Don’t give up your Social Security, credit card, or checking account information and don’t use a “MoneyPak” card or gift card to pay a debt or fine.   “And remember, a duly sworn deputy sheriff or other peace officer will never demand money.”

If the caller leaves any clues as to his identify or location, added the Sheriff, “It would help if you’d pass it along to police in that town.“ welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on