State officials are warning of yet another phone scam, this one involving the state's Bureau of Motor Vehicles.
Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap says the scammers claim to be from the Maine DMV, and say they're trying to collect unpaid fines. They then threaten to suspend the call recipient's driver's license and issue a warrant for their arrest if they don't pay the fines.
"The Bureau of Motor Vehicles would never make solicitation calls to collect fine money or reinstatement fees," Dunlap says in a statement. "The citizen is given notice by mail, either from our office or the courts that they are pending suspension. Then it is up to them to take care of their situation. If they don't, the consequences do become compounded, but we count on our citizens to do what we already know they do very well - respect the law."
Dunlap says on caller ID screens, the calls appear to be from the "Department of Motor Vehicles Bangor," and include the Bangor branch's actual phone number of 207-942-1319.
Dunlap is encouraging anyone who has received such a call to call the Secretary of State's office at 207-626-8400.
This story was written by Barbara Cariddi.