New text message scam targeting Hillsdale Co.

Posted at 4:17 PM, Oct 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-11 16:17:18-04

The Hillsdale County Sheriff's Office is warning of a new text message scam making the rounds.

In a Facebook post, the sheriff's office said it has received complaints from people receiving text messages urging people to pay a fee or they will be arrested.

"This is not true and will never be true. The courts or law enforcement will never send you a text message advising you of such," the post said.

In addition, Sheriff Timothy Parker said phone scams are becoming more frequent with "spoofing," which is the ability for crooks to have a fake number appear on caller ID. In this case, they're using local numbers to the Hillsdale area.

As a reminder, Parker said law enforcement will never contact you via text message and that you should never give money over the phone or online.