A call purported to be from Newburyport police demanding $10,000 face arrest is a scam, according to city marshal Mark Murray.

Murray said the male caller claimed to be an active Newburyport officer and came from a number that spoofed a local phone number. The caller spoke with a middle eastern accent, Murray said.

“Residents should note that officers from the Newburyport Police Department will never call you regarding an arrest, nor demand money. Anyone who believes that they may have fallen victim to this scam is encouraged to contact us immediately,” Murray said.

Murray said there has also been an increase in reported calls about relatives needing bail money after being arrested. A person posing as a courier or bail bondsman will then come to the home of the person who agreed to post the “bail” to pick up the money.

The scam has happened in other communities, according to Murray, who said bail is never picked up at a residence, paid via a wire service…

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