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Police: Fake arrest warrants being sent to Frankenmuth residents

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Local authorities are warning Mid-Michigan residents about a new version of an old scam.

Lt. Mike Gomez with the Saginaw County Sheriff’s Department and Chief Don Mawer with the Frankenmuth Police Department are investigating after several Frankenmuth residents received letters in the mail warning them to take action or face a hearing in federal court in Saginaw County.

Gomez said authorities were alerted after a couple received a call from a scammer and later received an email with a fake arrest warrant affidavit. 

>>See the affidavit<<

The couple said the scammer knew their old addresses and wanted them to fill out the affidavit with personal information including their social security number. Thankfully, Gomez said the couple became suspicious and came into the department to ask questions.

Gomez said this is the second or third time he’s heard of this scam, but it’s the first time investigators have been able to see the documents being sent to residents.

"A subject identifying themself as Lt. Stephanie Mueller of the Saginaw County Sheriff's Office stated they were going to send them some information," said Sgt. Tony McLaughlin, with the Frankenmuth Police Department.

The problem is, there is no Lt. Stephanie Mueller with the Saginaw County Sheriff's Office.

"They received this information and it appeared to be some type of affidavit which requested a lot of personal information from the complainant," McLaughlin said.

The complainant is in no trouble whatsoever with the law. The documents were fake and it was pretty easy to spot why that was the case.

"When I read the document it said Saginaw County Federal Court. There is no federal court in Saginaw County. We would have nothing to do with federal income taxes or federal fines of any kind," Gomez said.

If you receive any type of document or information like this, there is one thing you should do right away.

"I would contact the agency that they say they represent. Contact that agency direct and they will point you in the right direction," McLaughlin said.

As for the individuals who sent the scam documents, police said it could be pretty tough to catch them because they could be anywhere in or outside the country.

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