ALERT: Scammers targeting area mental health professionals

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Scammers are targeting area mental health professionals with claims that they have a warrant for their arrest. These scammers are identifying themselves as employees of the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office, and are using the names of current employees. One of the scammers manipulated caller ID to make it look like they were actually calling from the Sheriff’s Office main line of (517) 546-2440.

These criminals are possibly using the internet directory “Psychology Today” to find their targeted victims. The scammer will call, claiming there is a warrant for your arrest. They then try to get you to go buy a gift card or pre-paid money card so you can pay for your warrant and avoid arrest.

If you get one of these calls, simply tell them you know it is a scam and hang up on them. No legitimate government agency will ever request someone to buy a gift card or pre-paid credit card to pay for fines or fees. Also, never wire money or provide the numbers from a gift card to strangers.

If in doubt whether or not a call is a scam, find the known, published number for the agency or business the caller claims to be from, and ask for them through the known agency operator or phone system. If they claim to be with your credit card company, use the 800 number on the back of your card to call them back.

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