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Scam uses real deputy names to appear legitimate

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LAPEER COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

Another scam is making the rounds, this time with the crooks claiming to be Lapeer County Sheriff’s deputies.

The Lapeer County Sheriff’s Department reports that on May 2, at least two different physicians in Lapeer got calls claiming to be a deputy with the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Warrant Division-Civil Process.

What makes this fraud even trickier is that the callers are providing names of actual Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies to try and make it seem legitimate.

The victims were either called or left a message from the phone number (810) 620-0222. When calling the number, there is a message stating “Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office Warrant Division- Civil Process”.

The message initially appears to be legitimate and asks that a message be left because no deputy is currently available.

The scammer will return the call, and tell people they have an outstanding warrant and provide made-up court docket numbers. A specific amount of money (usually in the range of $1,000) is requested to resolve the bogus outstanding arrest warrant.

The scammer then tells people not to visit the sheriff’s office or the court, instead, requesting that money be transferred through Green Dot Cards.

If you get one of these calls, know that the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office doesn’t call people regarding outstanding warrants. If you have an outstanding warrant, you will get a letter in the mail with instructions to surrender at the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office or the Lapeer County Court Complex. Also, funds are never requested through Green Dot Cards.

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