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MSP warns of new phone scam
WEST MICHIGAN (NEWSCHANNEL 3) Michigan State Police are warning people about a new phone scam they are investigating.
Officers say that people are receiving phone calls from people claiming to be from the MSP. The caller claims that you have to pay money to clear a warrant.
Police would like to point out that law enforcement will never call you to notify you of a warrant or ask for your bank account information.
Investigators say that 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 contacts phone number or e-mail.
- Report any suspicious contacts to police.