Phony callers pretend to be from Sheriff’s Dept.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Kent County Sheriff’s Department says phone frauds are posing as members of its office and threatening people with arrest warrants if they don’t pay up.

Authorities say residents are getting calls from a man claiming to be from the sheriff’s office. The caller tells residents they have to turn themselves in for outstanding warrants and provide bond. They are then told they have to get ‘certification cards’ from a retail store.

After refusing one resident called the sheriff’s department.

When real authorities called the number back, the outgoing voicemail message said they had reached the “Warrant’s Division of the Kent County Sheriff’s Department.” Authorities say the number is not one of theirs.

Kent County Undersheriff Jon Hess said even the wife of Sheriff Lawrence Stelma has received one of the fraudulent calls.

Investigators are trying to shut down the phone number.

Authorities say they won’t call asking anyone they buy a prepaid credit card.

If you receive a similar call, you are advised to hang up and call the sheriff’s office at 616.632.6357.

This isn’t the first time scammers have posed as the Kent County Sheriff’s Department. Crooks have also posed as the Muskegon County Sheriff’s Office and Michigan State Police drug agents.

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