Michigan State Police warn of phone scam


By Daily News • Last Updated 2:02 pm on Tuesday, October 08, 2013

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.

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