Sun Staff

BEDFORD -- Multiple types of telephone scams are hitting area residents, according to town police and the Middlesex sheriff's office, who both warned residents on Thursday to use caution.

"Residents should be very careful about giving out any information to a person calling them unsolicited," Police Chief Robert Bongiorno said in a statement. "Safeguard your bank account numbers and social security numbers, and remember: when in doubt, don't give it out."

In one scam, someone claims to be Middlesex deputy sheriffs collecting money they say the resident owes to the Internal Revenue Service and threatens arrest if the person does not pay. In other instances, the scammers demand money owned for failure to pay debts or show up for jury duty.

"The public should be assured that these calls are not legitimate," Sheriff Peter Koutoujian said.

Anyone who receives calls like these should report the call Bedford Police at 781-275-1212 or contact the Middlesex Sheriff's Office Investigation Unit at 978-932-3220, the two offices said. Victims can also file an online complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at