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Phone scam disguised as Maine courthouses calling for personal info

5:06 PM, Jan 27, 2014   |    comments
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PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Maine's court system is warning people of a phone scam that could land your personal information in the wrong hands.

Through something called "caller ID spoofing" the caller can make the call appear to come from any number, like a Maine courthouse.

Last week four people complained about getting a call from courthouses in Fort Kent, Bridgton, and Auburn, and the caller saying there was a warrant out for their arrest or an unpaid fine. In order to settle up, the caller asks the recipient to pay the fine over the phone using their credit card.

Mary Ann Lynch with the Maine Judicial Branch says the message here is: you can no longer trust your caller ID. 

According to The Truth in Caller ID Act of 2009, which was signed into law in 2010, caller ID spoofing for the purposes of defrauding or otherwise causing harm is now illegal.  Lynch says Maine State Police are currently investigating these calls.

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