Barry County authorities warn of spike in phone scams

BARRY COUNTY, Mich. (WOOD) – The Barry County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents about scammers posing as legitimate businesses in an attempt to get their money.

In a Thursday news release, the Barry County Sheriff’s Office said it had seen a spike in complaints where scammers call residents and pose as Consumers EnergyDTE Energy, or other area businesses and demand payment for bogus late bills.

The agency said businesses typically don’t collect payments over the phone and never request payment by money wire.

The sheriff’s office also shared the following tips to avoid becoming a victim:

  • If the phone number begins with “855”, the caller is likely a scammer.
  • The scammer will often demand an immediate response or threaten to cancel your service or call police for your arrest.
  • When in doubt,  take the callers’ name, hang up, then call back the business from its main number listed online.
  • Never give out personal information over the phone.

If you think you were a victim of a scammer, contact your local police department.

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