We have received several complaints recently from Somerville residents and businesses concerning a specific phone scam. A caller from a ‘617’ area code phone number is randomly calling our residents and stating that a family member was in an accident or being held hostage and demands money. In all cases it was a scam. When the police have called the number back, a recorded message states the voicemail is not set up and then it disconnects the call. If anyone receives a call such as this, please report it to the Somerville Police by calling 617-625-1212.