BAD AXE, MI – On Sunday May 30th, 2021, several residents notified the Huron County Sheriff’s Office that they had received calls related to a phone scam.
Sgt. Schember from the Huron County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the complaints from victims who came to realize the had become victims a person who was impersonating themselves as a deputy from the Sheriff’s Office. All reported they had received a call from an individual stating that they were Deputy Kevin Wade of the Huron County Sheriff’s Office. This individual told the victims that they had warrants out for their arrest and that they needed to go and purchase $1500 worth of gift cards. Once the gift cards were purchase they were then give the scammer a number off of those cards so he could clear up the warrant. Once those numbers are given to the person committing the scam, the money is allegedly transferred from the card immediately. This same scam was reported on March 26th, 2021. A press release was issued to the media at that time as well.
No police force or government agency will contact you in this way to have you comply with any legal issue that you could potentially have outstanding. Anyone telling you different is working frighten you or your family into doing as the scammer wants so they can get your money. Do Not Fall for it !
In the March incident, unfortunately at least $3000 was scammed from local residents that the Sheriff’s Office is aware of from unsuspecting victims. Today, they are reporting at least 3 calls were received and 1 of those fell prey to the scam. That person is now out $1500.
Any person receiving a call from a potentially fake Huron County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Kevin Wade, or any other suspicious caller, needs to hang up immediately and report their experience to their local police department, or their county’s central dispatch. The phone number being used in today’s scam 989-323-5047.
Please be very aware and on guard that phone scams of all sorts are occurring on a regular basis every day and night. Talk to your friends, relatives and especially senior citizens to make them aware of this problem. Do not allow others to become victims of a scam like this. Knowledge is key. Always be suspicious of any call when someone unknown to you is asking for something. When in doubt, law enforcement will be happy to sort out what is or isn’t legitimate.