My Town: Potentially costly spoofing scam spreads to Kent County | Crime
KENT COUNTY, Mich.—The sheriff department is warning residents about a scam that’s made its way into Kent County.
On June 16, a resident contacted the sheriff department to report a suspicious phone call. The suspect masked their phone number so it appeared the phone call was coming from the Kent County Sheriff Department. The predator told the victim the Kent County Sheriff Department had a warrant out for their arrest and they needed to pay hundreds of dollars to take care of the warrant. The scammer also used an actual sheriff department employee’s name. Fortunately, the victim thought the call was suspicious and contacted deputies.
Officials with the Kent County Sheriff Department say they would never contact a citizen and request credit card information over the phone. Deputies want to remind citizens they should never give out personal or credit card information over the phone unless they initiated the call or are absolutely sure they know who they are speaking with. If you are ever in doubt about who you are speaking with, ask for their credentials, hang up and call Kent County dispatchers at (616) 336-3113.