FAIRFIELD – On Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, 2015, the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office received several complaints that an individual identifying himself as Officer Evans from the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office was making contact by phone with citizens from the Greater Fairfield area advising them that they had missed a call for Grand Jury and a warrant for their arrest had been issued. If the receiver of the call agreed to pay a specific amount of money, the warrant would be recalled. If they did not want to pay the money, a deputy would be out to arrest them.
THIS IS A SCAM. Investigation revealed that the unknown male caller, identifying himself as Officer Evans, was utilizing a track phone that had been purchased somewhere in the State of Georgia. The unknown male caller had the cell phone answering system “voicemail” set up so that when an individual recalled the number, it stated “Officer Evans from the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office”. No one is immune from these scams. The unknown male caller made contact with a Maine State Police Trooper with the same demands. Fortunately as of yet, we have no reports of money being exchanged.
Sheriff Lancaster is advising do not send any amount of money. The Somerset County Sheriff’s Office does not employ any officer by the name of “Evans”. There are several procedures that occur during the selection of a Grand Jury. The Sheriff’s Office will never ask that anyone send money to address a court issue. The Courts do not work on holidays or weekends.
If anyone ever slightly questions the validity of their contact with the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office, please call the Somerset Sheriff’s Office directly (207) 474-9591 or call the Somerset County Communications Center at (207) 474-6386.