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News Release

Be aware of phone scam

Nature of Incident:

Fake Call Scam posing as Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office Deputies

Date & Time: 

 08/01/2018 1300 Hours

Location: 

 Van Buren County MI

Suspect: Unknown

Narrative:

Sheriff Daniel E. Abbott reports on the date of 08/01/2018 Van Buren County Deputies were advised of Van Buren County residents receiving calls from scammers claiming money is owed for warrants and people will face arrest if not paid.  The scammers say they represent the Sheriff’s Office advising the person owes money for things like failing to show for jury duty and fines from friend of the court or some other purported offense.

The caller ID on the phone will show a true Sheriff’s Office number and the scammer will even tell the victim to check the internet for the number. This is a technique called “caller spoofing” in which they make the incoming call appear to be coming from a legitimate government agency on caller id screens. 

No sheriff’s deputy or non-sworn employee ever contacts members of the public by telephone to demand a payment of any kind.  The perpetrators will use techniques to make the pitch convincing by using the name of an actual sheriff’s employee; giving the telephone number of a sheriff’s office or presenting victims personal information, such as a former address or date of birth ; and threatening jail time or drivers -license revocation.

Anyone receiving such a call is asked to report the incident on the Federal Communications Commission website fcc.gov/complaints and notify the Sheriff’s Office at 269-657-3101.   

Investigating Deputies:

Sergeant Tony Evans

Supervisor Contact:

Anyone with information can contact the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office at (269) 657-3101, Crime Stoppers 1-800-342-7867, Silent Observer (269) 343-2100 or your local Police Department.

Mobile phone users and online users can provide anonymous crime tips to the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office by sending a text Tip Soft message by sending a text message to “CRIMES” (274637) with the keyword VBCTIP from a mobile phone.  To submit an online tip, go to www.vbcsheriff.com and at the top of the homepage follow the directions to submit a tip.

Jim Charon