Grand Haven Tribune: Phone scammer impersonating Muskegon County detective

Phone scammer impersonating Muskegon County detective

Tribune Staff • Jan 9, 2019 at 6:40 PM

MUSKEGON — The Muskegon County Sheriff's Office is warning residents to be cautious after several reports of scammers claiming to work for the Sheriff's Office are trying to get money.

Citizens are being contacted by a subject identifying himself as Detective Sgt. Tom Johnson with the Muskegon County Sheriff's Office. Although the Sheriff's Office does have a Detective Sgt. Tom Johnson on staff, this is not the same person, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The scammer leaves a voice message and informs them that detectives need to speak with someone at the residence and also provide a call-back number. In some instances where a citizen answers the phone, they are told that they have outstanding warrants for their arrest and are told they need to purchase “pay cards” to post bond or they will be arrested.

The caller is also providing a bogus call-back number in which a phone tree is reached claiming to from the Sheriff's Office.

The Muskegon County Sheriff's Office says authorities would not call and ask for money over the phone, and communications regarding warrants or tickets would be done by either the U.S. mail or in person by a deputy or detective.

At this time, there are no suspects.

Anyone with information on these incidents is asked to call the Muskegon County Sheriff's Office at 231-724-6658 or Silent Observer at 231-722-7463, or leave information online at

The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office reported last month that a similar scam was happening in Ottawa County.

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