Taylor — The office of the Michigan State Police is warning citizens to be on the lookout for a new scam involving people presenting themselves as members of the state police.
In the scam, the false officers tell potential victims they must pay money in order to clear warrants. According to the MSP, citizens have reported calls in which a con man poses as an officer and tells the potential victim there is a warrant for his or her arrest.
Those called can avoid being arrested by paying a fine instead.
“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,” said Lt. Michael Shaw, in a press release. “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 emails 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 email.
■ Report any suspicious contacts to police.