BANGOR, Maine — The state’s court system is warning the public of a high-volume phone scam targeting people throughout Maine, according to a statement released Thursday.

A high volume of calls occurred Wednesday afternoon, according to the statement, and those targeted were receiving the calls from a phone number that appeared to be a court contact on the caller ID.

The scammers are using a trick called caller ID spoofing, according to the statement, which makes it appear that calls are coming from the court system when in fact they aren’t.

The public should be aware that the Maine courts will never call and ask for personal information such as Social Security numbers or bank account information, and anybody who receives such a call should hang up.

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Ryan McLaughlin

BDN sports freelancer Ryan McLaughlin grew up in Brewer and is a lifelong fan of the New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox, Boston Celtics and Boston Bruins.