By News-Register staff • 

Law enforcement agencies warn of scam

The Yamhill County Sheriff's Office and McMinnville police are investigating several fraud attempts in which individuals are attempting to represent themselves as a  sheriff's office employee.

Victims have reported they received a phone call from a "Constable James Clark" and stated they missed a jury duty summons. The caller indicated that a warrant was issued for their arrest and they were requesting payment for the fees associated with the failure to appear.

The caller then tried to transfer them to "Collections Deputy Joe Morelli" and requested credit card information for payment.

"I want the citizens of Yamhill County to know that these calls are fraudulent in nature and they should never give out personal or bank account information over the phone," Capt. Tim Svenson said. "We work hard to build trust with our citizens and when someone tries to represent our office in this manner it is very disheartening."

The sheriff's office does not employ constables and would not attempt to collect payment of any kind over the phone.

In addition to telephone scams, Svenson said citizens also need to be at a heightened awareness level of what they receive on business and home computers.

"Citizens need to pay careful attention to unsolicited phone calls and emails because often times what seems legitimate is not and criminals will use realistic business logos and terminology to take advantage of us online," Svenson said.

Anyone who has received a phone call of this nature should call the Yamhill Communications Agency non-emergency line at 503-434-6500.

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