Police are warning residents of a phone scam that has been reported in Portland metro area.

The bureau has received multiple reports from concerned residents stating they have received calls from people claiming to be members of a police department or sheriff’s office.

The impersonator often refers to the community member by name, says the call is being recorded and tells the community member missed a court date or jury duty, police said.

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The caller states the community member needs to send money or a warrant will be used for their arrest, or they many turn themselves into jail.

Sometimes, scams such as these will include spoofing a legitimate police agency phone number and using a real name of a law enforcement officer to gain the victim’s trust, the bureau said.

Portland police reminds community members that they do not call individuals to demand or request money under any circumstances. They also do not call community members seeking payment for outstanding traffic citations or warrants.

The bureau says Portland residents who fall victim to these scams should file a report by calling their noon-emergency line at 503-823-3333.

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