COATESVILLE >> Police are warning residents to be wary of potential scams, after a resident reported that someone had attempted to solicit money from her through a phone scam.

The victim, a 66-year-old woman whose name has been withheld, told police that she received a voicemail from a man who identified himself as a lieutenant with the Chester County Sheriff’s Department, but the phone number he provided was not the correct number for the sheriff’s department.

The man said the victim had an outstanding warrant for failure to appear for federal jury duty, and he attempted to obtain her credit card information as well as her social security number, police said.

The man told the victim she could wire him money in order to pay for the warrant to go away, but the victim then ended the conversation and notified the police department, police said.

The Coatesville Police Department said it wishes to remind all residents that they should not provide any personal information over the phone to anyone, and that anyone who receives a phone call similar to the one described should contact the police department at 610-384-2300 or send an anonymous text with the keyword “Coatesville” to 847411.

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