PHONE SCAM: Caller poses as Macomb County Sheriff, says victim must provide bond to avoid arrest
12:37 PM, Aug 13, 2013
6:26 PM, Aug 13, 2013
EASTPOINTE, Mich. (WXYZ) - The Eastpointe Police Department is warning about a scam where someone is impersonating Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham.
In at least one case, police say, the caller phoned the victim posing as Sheriff Wickersham.
The victim said the scam began when the woman received a call from a man who told her that he was a police officer. He told her he knew she had obtained a loan previously and that she had become the subject of a fraud investigation. The caller also told her she would need to cooperate with the criminal investigation.
About a week later, the woman received another call from a person who identified himself as "Sheriff Anthony Wickersham." He told the victim that he had an arrest warrant for her on a fraud charge and that the victim could avoid an arrest if she paid $1190 to a bond company using a pre-paid "vanilla reload" card.
The caller was told to stay on the phone and go to her local CVS to purchase the card and place the $1190 on it.
Once the transaction was completed, the caller said the woman should provide him with the serial number on the card. Once she did that, the caller told the victim that the case was closed.
After the woman transferred the money she realized she had been scammed and contacted police.
The investigation has determined that the caller used a "spoofing" device to disguise their phone number and location, substituting it with the main line for the Macomb County Sheriff's Office.
Police are warning residents that at no time will a law enforcement officer ask anyone to post a bond over the phone using a pre-paid card of any type.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the Eastpointe Police Department. Anyone who receives this type of call should contact their local police department immediately.