State Police Warn Residents of Fraudulent Phone Calls; Citizens Report Caller ID Spoofing

Contact: MSP Lansing Post, 517-322-1907

September 14, 2018

The Michigan State Police (MSP) Lansing Post wants the public to be aware of a phone solicitation scheme currently targeting Lansing area residents.

The call appears to be originating from the MSP Lansing Post, the caller states he is with the MSP and is making residents aware their identity has been stolen. The caller then attempts to obtain personal information.

The MSP wants you to know that law enforcement will never call or contact you by email to obtain personal information. If, during the course of an actual criminal investigation, personal information is needed, a trooper would contact you in person.

Scammers usually give the victim a sense of urgency, pretending to be an official to fool the victim into providing sensitive information.

To avoid becoming a victim of a scam:

  • Do not answer calls from unknown numbers.
  • Do not give personal information to unknown callers.
  • 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.