- Associated Press - Friday, March 14, 2014

BARRE, Vt. (AP) - Vermont police are warning the public about a person phoning residents in Essex and Montpelier, calling himself ‘Chief Mike’ or the ‘Police Chief’ and soliciting money.

The Barre City Police Department says the phone calls are a scam and they are asking residents to write down the phone number if they receive a similar call and contact police.

Earlier this week, the Vermont State Police in Rutland say a man calling himself “Lieutenant Bryant from the Bennington County Sheriff’s Department” phoned two residents in the Poultney area and said they missed a jury duty appearance. Police say the caller then threatened the victims with either an arrest warrant or a fine of over $400 to be paid through a prepaid credit card. Police said those calls were also not legitimate.

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