Michigan State Police issued a warning after discovering people were receiving “spoofed” phone calls with the agency’s Metro South Post phone number in Taylor.
According to MSP, callers say they are investigating or starting to ask for money to avoid arrest or other legal issues.
As a reminder, the MSP advises the public that although a person from the agency may contact by telephone regarding an investigation, warrant or other official matter, the police will always identify themselves by their rank and name.
They will also provide a badge number on request.
“Additionally, although the MSP may notify a resident over the phone of an arrest warrant and a bond amount, we will never ask you to send us money,” the agency said in a statement. Press release. “All bond payments are made in person with a uniformed member at the station, on the road, or with court staff from the relevant court. Payment will never be requested in the form of gift cards or through any third-party money transfer service including, but not limited to PayPal, Venmo, Western Union, MoneyGram, Google Pay, Apple Pay, and Cash App .
Police said if a phone call appearing to be from the MSP requested sending money, personal information such as a Social Security number, or seemed suspicious, hang up and call the MSP at 734-287-5000.