Ionia County Sheriff warns of phone scam

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Phone Scam: Your Number Shows Up On Caller ID

Phone caller ID scam( File Photo)

IONIA, Mich. — A woman was asked on the phone to pay $4,000 to avoid being arrested on a warrant, but the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office says the woman was smart to refuse to pay.

It was a scam.

In telling the story, the sheriff’s office said caller ID displayed a number that made it appear the call was coming from the sheriff’s office, but it wasn’t.

The attempted scam took place July 31, but complaints of similar scams have been reported.

The scammer claimed the woman could avoid arrest by paying $4,000 though a bank transfer.

The Ionia County Sheriff’s Office emphasized that law enforcement never collects bond money over the phone.

If you have questions, concerns, or information, contact the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office via Central Dispatch at 616-527-0400.

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