Scammers Pretend to Be from Sheriff's Office, Demand Cash Over the Phone

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 12/15/2017 - 00:03

The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office is warning resident to be aware of a telephone scam in the community.

Residents are receiving messages telling them they’ve missed jury duty and to pay fines to avoid being arrested. When the resident calls the number they are placed in a voicemail system that sounds official. Then they are routed to a person who prompts them to pay the bogus fines.

According to an alert issued by the WCSO, it’s nothing new that scammers are pretending to be police, but the voicemail system adds what some might perceive to be authenticity.

The WCSO reminds residents that their office will never call people demanding money. Anyone receiving such a call is asked to hang up, record the phone number, and then call WSCO dispatch to report the incident and the phone number. Call the non-emergency dispatch at 734-994-2911.

Residents are also reminded not to divulge personal information to people they don’t know.

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