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Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office Warns Residents About Phone Scams

Jan 15, 2016

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The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office is warning residents about two phone scams. 

In the first one, the scammers are asking for donations for the Washtenaw County Jury Services.  In the other one, they pretend to be from the U.S. Treasury Department and tell you that you owe money and could face jail time if you don't pay.

Jessica Huffman, spokesperson for the Better Business Bureau of Eastern Michigan recommends to not interact with the scammers and hang-up right away before your number is placed on another list of scams for engaging with them.  She also says government agencies will never harass you over the phone or ask you to make instant payments.

You should report any suspicious calls to the police.

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— Jorge Avellan is the Ann Arbor beat reporter and anchor for 89.1 WEMU News.  Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him javellan@emich.edu