That Wayne County Sheriff’s Office warns residents of scammers posing as lieutenants or other officers to raise money, and even threatens to arrest people if they fail to pay.
Official, the said caller threatened arrest for an alleged violation and asked victims to buy a Green Dot or other type of prepaid card and “deposit the money immediately or risk immediate arrest”.
“Unfortunately, we see a lot of scams like this one year-round, where suspects scare innocent victims into giving money to avoid arrest,” said Undersheriff Mike Jaafar. “It’s a ruse we want to warn people about so they don’t fall for it if it happens to them.”
MPs warned local residents about a similar scam in January.
Regarding this particular scam, officials said people should know:
You will never be called by an officer threatening arrest for a violation unless you pay something.
Never give money to someone you don’t know personally.
Call the police if you continue to receive such harassing calls.
“If in doubt, get the caller’s information and write down the incoming number on your phone in case you need to report this to the police. But I can assure you, no one from the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office will call you and ask for cash, ”Jaafar said.
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