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Berrien Co. Sheriff's Office warns of phone scam

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Posted at 4:21 PM, Nov 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-17 16:21:41-05

BERRIEN COUNTY, Mich. — The Berrien County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents of a phone scam in which callers pretend to be with their office and asks for money or payment.

During the scam calls, the caller claims to be with a local law enforcement agency and says they have a warrant for an individual’s arrest, according to a news release.

Scammers will sometimes identify themselves with a specific title or even the name of a deputy or county employee.

The number that shows up on victims’ phones could be “spoofed” to look like it’s coming from a 269 area code, or from the sheriff’s office, county, IRS or Treasury Department.

The callers tell victims they will be arrested if they refuse to pay bond or the stated amount.

Berrien County police will never call to request finances of any sort under the threat of arrest.