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Phone scam hits area again


Have you gotten a telephone call saying that you have failed to report for jury duty and need to pay a fine or be arrested? It’s a scam.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, Kent County area residents are being contacted by phone by individuals claiming to be a representative of the Sheriff Department. The caller advises the victim(s) that they have failed to report for jury duty. The caller instructs the victim(s) that they have to pay an amount of money or they will be arrested on a warrant.

The caller instructs the victim(s) to obtain a prepaid credit card from a local store (example stores: CVS, Walmart, Rite Aid) for a specific amount. The victim is told to call the caller back.

The victim is then requested to provide the numbers on the back of the prepaid card. Once the numbers are given, the money is then taken off the card by the suspect(s) and the fraud is completed.

“This scam is again taking place in the Kent County Area. The Sheriff Department does not conduct business in this manner,” they said in a news release.

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Warning: new phone scam


The Michigan State Police (MSP) Lakeview Post would like to notify residents that a new scam has been reported involving persons posing as members of the Department of Treasury and the IRS, claiming there is a criminal law suit against you or you are being charged with tax fraud.

Scams can take many forms, but citizens should know that the Department of Treasury or the IRS will never call you to notify you that you are being charged in a criminal matter.

Most scams involve obtaining a victim’s personal information under false pretenses. The scammer usually portrays a sense of urgency, pretending to be an official of a legitimate organization to fool a victim into providing personal information or money.

  • To avoid becoming a victim of a scam:
  • Do not give personal information to unknown callers.
  • Do not respond to unsolicited e-mails from unknown senders.
  • Confirm the identity of a contact by independently speaking with the identified source (your bank, credit card company, government agency, etc.)
  • Ask for a call-back name and number and then use a reliable source, such as the phone book or Google search, to confirm the contact’s phone number or e-mail.
  • Report any suspicious contacts to police.

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IRS warns of phone scam

The IRS is warning the public about a phone scam that targets people across the nation, including recent immigrants. Callers claiming to be from the IRS tell intended victims they owe taxes and must pay using a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer. The scammers threaten those who refuse to pay with arrest, deportation or loss of a business or driver’s license.

The callers who commit this fraud often:

Use common names and fake IRS badge numbers.

Know the last four digits of the victim’s Social Security number.

Make caller ID appear as if the IRS is calling.

Send bogus IRS emails to support their scam.

Call a second time claiming to be the police or DMV, and caller ID again supports their claim.

The truth is the IRS usually first contacts people by mail – not by phone – about unpaid taxes. And the IRS won’t ask for payment using a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer. The agency also won’t ask for a credit card number over the phone.

If you get a call from someone claiming to be with the IRS asking for a payment, here’s what to do:

If you owe federal taxes, or think you might owe taxes, hang up and call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS workers can help you with your payment questions.

If you don’t owe taxes, call and report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 800-366-4484.

You can also file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at FTC.gov. Add “IRS Telephone Scam” to the comments in your complaint.

Be alert for phone and email scams that use the IRS name. The IRS will never request personal or financial information by email, texting or any social media. You should forward scam emails to phishing@irs.gov. Don’t open any attachments or click on any links in those emails.

Read more about tax scams on the genuine IRS website, IRS.gov.

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Ray Winnie
Intandem Credit Union


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