SKOWHEGAN (AP) — A Maine state trooper issued a stern warning to a telephone scammer who called to tell him he had missed grand jury duty and would be arrested if he didn’t pay a fee.

The scammer called state trooper Dale Lancaster on his private line on Monday and told him he had to pay the fine or make a donation to the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department.

The Kennebec Journal ( ) reports that Lancaster told the male caller: “If you call again, we’re going to hunt you down.”

Police found the man was using a TracFone bought in Georgia and had set up voice mail to identify the phone as belonging to “Officer Evans from the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office.”

There is no Officer Evans in the Somerset County Sheriff’s office.

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