Genesee County Land Bank warns of scammer impersonating lawn care staff

Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 7:31 PM EDT
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FLINT, Mich. (WJRT) - The Genesee County Land Bank Authority is issuing a warning of a possible scam after getting reports about someone claiming to work for the organization threatening fines.

The land bank says the scam was reported several times in the Flint area on Tuesday. The suspect had a shopping cart with some equipment and a mower in it, but definitely was not a Genesee County Land Bank employee, according to Executive Director Michael Freeman.

He received multiple calls Tuesday about a person claiming to work for the Flint Land Bank mowing properties and telling residents they have to pay him $20 for the work or he will report them to the county.

“He identified himself from the Flint Land Bank, which that is not our name. We are the Genesee County Land Bank Authority,” Freeman said. “Basically saying that you have to pay me $20 or else the landbank will fine you for tall grass.”

The suspect has been spotted in neighborhoods near Davison Road, Robert T. Longway Boulevard, Franklin Avenue and Dort Highway. The land bank is not sure how many people may have fallen victim to this scammer, but they hope everyone will be extra cautious moving forward.

Freeman said the land bank never works on property that someone else owns. The organization only works on property that it controls.

“We do not mow private properties, and our people come out in teams with shirts that identify who they are with heavy equipment,” Freeman said.

The Genesee County Land Bank does have crews out working on properties that the land bank owns. All of those scheduled work sites can be found with dates, times and locations on the organization’s website.

Anyone who sees the imposter land bank employee is asked to call the Flint Police Department.

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