KENT COUNTY, Mich. — The Kent County Sheriff’s Office has issued a Scam Alert, saying an old trick has resurfaced.
Two people in the area received phone calls recently from someone claiming to be a Sheriff’s deputy. The Sheriff’s Office says “the alleged deputy informed the resident that their family member – who is a sex offender – is in violation of the Sex Offender Registry in some way, and will be arrested unless a fine is paid.”
Investigators say both calls were to senior citizens who did have a family member on the Sex Offender Registry. The senior citizens were given a phone number to call in order to “resolve the matter”. And when the number was called, it was answered by someone greeting the caller by saying “Kent County Sheriff’s Department.”