LAKEVIEW — The Michigan State Police (MSP) Lakeview Post would like to notify residents that a new scam has been reported involving persons posing as members of the MSP, claiming you must pay money to clear a warrant.
Citizens have reported calls in which the caller claims to be a member of law enforcement. The caller says there is a warrant for your arrest and to avoid being arrested you must pay a fine.
Scams can take many forms, but citizens should know that law enforcement will never call you to notify you of a warrant and to ask for money or bank account information.
Most scams involve obtaining a victim’s personal information under false pretenses. The scammer usually portrays a sense of urgency, pretending to be an official of a legitimate organization to fool a victim into providing personal information or money.
To avoid becoming a victim of a scam:
• Do not give personal information to unknown callers.
• Do not respond to unsolicited e-mails from unknown senders.
• Confirm the identity of a contact by independently speaking with the identified source (your bank, credit card company, government agency, etc.)
• Ask for a call-back name and number and then use a reliable source, such as the phone book, to confirm the contact’s phone number or e-mail.
• Report any suspicious contacts to police.