A phone scammer pretending to be from the Chippewa County Clerk of Courts office defrauded an area resident of money, according to the Chippewa County Sheriff's Department.

The CCSD said the scam was reported on Tuesday, Dec. 31. The scammer "spoofed" the Caller ID to show the clerk of courts' phone number, 715-726-7758, and used intimidating language to solicit money from the victim.

"The sheriff’s office and clerk of courts office would like to remind the public that the clerk of courts office will not call to solicit money or threaten legal action. If you have received similar fraud attempts please contact your local law enforcement agency to report the incident," said Chippewa County Sheriff James Kowalczyk.

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