Sheriff’s office warns of phone scam.

May 14, 2020

Sheriff’s office warns of phone scam.

LUDINGTON — The Mason County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint Wednesday afternoon, May 13, of a phone scam in the City of Ludington, said Mason County Sheriff Kim Cole.

The complainant told deputies that he had received a call from someone claiming to be a member of the sheriff’s office who told the man he was “wanted” by police. “The complainant was told to go to Walmart and obtain gift cards to pay the required fines,” Sheriff Cole said. The man did not fall for the scam and notified the sheriff’s office.

The Ludington Police Department received a similar complaint Tuesday, May 12, of a phone scam in which the caller identified themselves as someone from Michigan State Police.

The caller told the person that he had missed a scheduled appointment with them, so there was now a “warrant” out for his arrest. However, he could pay $2,500 by credit card over the phone to avoid “arrest.”

Fortunately, the local resident also did not fall for the scam and hung up on the scammer.

Police are asking residents to be cautious and not fall victim to these types of scams.

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