Scammers using caller ID 'spoofing' to trick local families - WNEM TV 5

Scammers using caller ID 'spoofing' to trick local families

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BAY CITY, MI (WNEM) -

Authorities say telemarketers and scammers are using city phone numbers to trick local families. 

The Bay City Department of Public Safety and the Saginaw County Sheriff's Office said the scammers are using their phone numbers and identity to steal personal information. 

"Someone will get on the line when someone answers the phone saying 'I'm a lieutenant from the Saginaw County Sheriff's Office from the civil division and you have outstanding debt.' Or you have a warrant for this or that," Saginaw County Sheriff Bill Federspiel said.

It's called "spoofing." 

"I don't know how they do it, but they are really good at it," said Mike Card, resident.

Police said if you get one of these calls to call police.

"It's important that we write up a report and we document what happened. So we can tell how much fraud is going on and then we can pass that information on to federal government and the agents at the FBI," Federspiel said.

In Bay City, the calls have appeared under the caller ID as "City of Bay City." The number associated with the calls is reportedly 989-892-2701. Police said the phone number is indeed used by the City of Bay City, but the calls are not originating from city officials. 

Anyone who has received a similar phone call is asked to contact the department and report the scam. 

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