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Scammers are posing as court officials on social media to solicit payment from residents with outstanding fines, according to 36th District Court administration.

The con involves unknown individuals offering a discount on fines if the target sends money through Western Union, officials said. It often plays out on Facebook and other social media outlets.

"The court would never request payment to be made through Western Union or directly through social media," officials said in a Friday press release. "Any amnesty programs, special promotions, or waivers will be announced on the court's website and official Facebook page."

Anyone approached via social media by a person claiming to be from the court is urged to contact local authorities.

Payment is accepted through the court's online system, by mail, or in person at the 24-hour drop box, kiosks in the building, and the cashier's window. Residents should never send money by mail or leave cash in the drop box.

Make checks or money orders payable to 36th District Court, 421 Madison, Attn. Finance Unit, Detroit MI 48226. To pay at the cashier's window, visit the court from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; or 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday.

hfournier@detroitnews.com

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@HollyPFournier

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