The Kent County Sheriff Department took a report on June 16, 2014 from a resident who reported they were contacted by the KCSD advising they had a warrant for their arrest and they had to pay hundreds of dollars to take care of the warrant. The scammers spoofed the Sheriff Department’s phone number so on their caller ID it appeared the phone call was from the Kent County Sheriff Department. The scammers also used an actual employee’s name from the Kent County Sheriff Department in the scam. Luckily, the victim thought it was suspicious and called to report it.
This type of scam is similar to many others that are being done where scammers pose as an employee of the IRS or a utility company and even family members in need of cash. Scammers convince people to purchase gift cards (Green Dot prepaid Visa card or something similar) and give them the security numbers off the back of the card. This gives the scammers access to the money on the card.
The Kent County Sheriff Department (KCSD) wants citizens to be aware of these types of scams and warns never to give out personal information or credit card information over the phone unless you initiated the call and you are absolutely sure you know who you are speaking/dealing with.
The Kent County Sheriff Department would never contact a citizen and request credit card information over the telephone.
If there is ever any doubt if you are speaking with a member of the Kent County Sheriff
Department, you are encouraged to ask for credentials and then hang up and call our Dispatch Center at 616-336-3113.