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Threatening phone scam making the rounds

Authorities are warning residents about a telephone scam where callers pose as police officers.

Several residents have notified the Erie County Sheriff's Office about the calls. Sheriff Tim Howard said in each case the caller identified themselves as an Erie County Sheriff's Office Sergeant named Robert Stzeczario.

Howard said the callers threaten to arrest residents unless they pay a $2,500 fine, paid in money orders, for not appearing at jury duty. The Sheriff's Office advised residents to hang up if they receive questionable calls.

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