NORWAY — A new telephone scam has been reported to the Norway Police Department, one using local police department phone numbers.

On Saturday, Jan. 30, a Norway man reported to the Police Department that he received two calls informing him there was a warrant out for his arrest for writing checks that bounced. He said he was told if he sent a money order for the owed amount, the warrant would be lifted, according to Police Chief Rob Federico.

The first call the man received was from a man claiming to be from the New York Attorney General’s Office, and the second call he received was from someone claiming to be an officer from the Paris Police Department, Federico said.

What makes this scam unique, Federico said, and particularly concerning to law enforcement, is that the scammers have spoofed local police department phone numbers and are impersonating local police officers.

The Norway Police Department posted information about the scam to its Facebook page to alert the public.

The department has sent the case to the Maine Attorney General’s Office. If more than one case is reported, an investigator may be assigned to the case. According to Federico, the Paris Police Department has been informed.

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