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Kentwood Police Department warns of phone scam

Posted at 10:22 PM, Sep 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-17 22:22:02-04

KENTWOOD, Mich. — Kentwood police are warning residents of a phone scam in which the caller says they’re part of the department, claiming there’s a warrant for the person’s arrest.

The caller then asks the individual to go to the bank to retrieve money, according to a news release.

The Kentwood Police Department says it would not make these calls if someone had an arrest warrant.

Anyone who receives a call like this should not meet or give money to the caller or provide any personal information, police said.

The caller is spoofing phone numbers, making it appear that the calls are legitimate.

Spoofing is when a legitimate number shows up in call ID, but the call is actually from someone trying to pull a scam.

If you’ve been a victim of this crime, you can contact the department at 616-698-6580.