The Michigan State Police is warning the public about a new phone scam currently targeting Upper Peninsula residents.
Callers say they are members of the State Police and ask for money or other personal information.
They are using scammer software that makes the caller ID number look like it is an actual call from a state police post.
The Michigan State Police wants you to know that law enforcement will never call and ask for money, bank account information, or other personal information such as your social security number.
Scammers usually give the victim a sense of urgency, pretending to be an official of a legitimate organization to fool the victim into providing sensitive information.
To avoid becoming a victim of a scam:
- Do not give personal information to unknown callers.
- Do not respond to unsolicited email from unknown senders.
- Confirm the identity of a contact by speaking with the identified source, like your bank, credit card company, or government agency.
- Ask for a call-back name and number and use a reliable source to confirm the phone number or email.
- Report any suspicious contacts to police.