Alert system warns Jefferson County residents that phone scams claim they're in legal trouble.

Frontier Regional Alert has issued a warning to Jefferson County residents that a rash of phone scams is happening, where callers claim that people are in legal trouble and the police are coming to arrest them.

Frontier Regional Alert noted the phone numbers appeared to be coming from out of the country.

Anyone receiving such a call should report it to the Oregon Department of Justice at 877-877-9392. The sheriff's office will never contact people for money over the phone, Sgt. Ryan Grote said.

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