TAYLOR (WWJ) – Michigan State Police are warning the public to beware of a new phone scam that involves criminals posing as members of the force.

According to police, numerous citizens have reported calls in which the caller claims to be a member of law enforcement. The caller tells the recipient that there is a warrant for their arrest and to avoid being arrested, they must pay a fine.

Officials say scams can take many forms, but citizens should know that law enforcement will never call them to notify of a warrant. They’ll also never 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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