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IONIA, Mich. (WZZM) -- Authorities are warning residents of a phone scam involving a caller claiming to be from the Ionia County Sheriff's Department.

A local woman reported she was asked to pay $4,000 via a bank transfer to avoid being arrested. The woman did not pay the money and called the sheriff's office.

The call appeared to have originated from a telephone number belonging to the sheriff's office, but it was not. Authorities say there have been similar scams involving other local law enforcement agencies in West Michigan.

These calls usually originate from overseas and scammer often has a foreign accent and asks for either a direct bank account transfer, Western Union wire transfer, or the purchase of a Green Dot card.

Law enforcement does not collect bond money for arrest warrants over the phone. Anyone who is asked to pay any amount of money to avoid being arrested is the target of a scam.

Anyone with questions or concerns should contact the Ionia County Sheriff's Office at (616) 527-0400.

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