Phone scammers posing as Michigan State Police

State police warns residents of phone scam
Brian McVicar

The Michigan State Police is warning residents of a phone scam in which an unknown caller, using the same phone number registered to Michigan State Police (MSP), demands money to clear an arrest warrant.

MSP spokesperson Tiffany Brown said her agency has received complaints from several residents about the calls. MSP "will never call to request money in lieu of making an arrest," she said.

The caller is appearing under MSP's general information phone number: (517) 332-2521.

The agency offers the following tips to avoid falling victim to 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.).
• 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.