Warning: Phone Scams On The Rise Again

Michigan State Police investigating phone scams, urging residents to be cautious

Warning: Phone Scams On The Rise Agian

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The Michigan State Police Paw Paw Post is investigating several reports of possible phone scams in southwest Michigan.

One report involved a caller who stated he was from the “American Law Enforcement Company,” according to a news release from MSP. The caller proceeded to attempt to get the citizen to wire him money and give him personal information.

Another recent incident involved a man calling someone to inform him that he had won a “foreign lottery.” The caller then asked the citizen to wire him the “tax amount” that was owed, prior to the release of the money.

Both cases have been found to be fraud attempts, the news release said.

MSP wants to remind residents of warning signs of telemarketing fraud. The caller may say:


  • “You must act now or the offer will expire.”
  • “You’ve won a ‘free’ gift, vacation, or prize,” but you have to pay for postage and handling or other charges.”
  • “You must send money, give a credit card or bank account number, or have a check picked up by courier.”
  • “You don’t need to verify the company with anyone.” The caller assures you that you don’t need to speak to anyone including your family, lawyer, accountant, local Better Business Bureau, or consumer protection agency.
  • “You can’t afford to miss this ‘high-profit, no-risk’ offer.”

MSP also has the following tips about interacting with telemarketers:


  • Always check out unfamiliar companies with your local consumer protection agency, Better Business Bureau, state attorney general, the National Fraud Information Center, or other watchdog groups. Unfortunately, not all bad businesses can be identified through these organizations.

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