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      Phone scammers pose as Michigan State Police

      The Michigan State Police Gladstone Post is reporting a new phone scam involving somebody posing as a police officer.

      According to the MSP, the person is posing as a member of the Michigan State Police and tells the victim to pay money to clear a warrant. Police say that the caller instructs the victim to pay money to avoid being arrested.

      The Michigan State Police state that law enforcement will never call you in regards to a warrant, and they do not ask for money or bank information over the phone.

      Police say there are several steps to take to avoid being the victim of a phone 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)- Ask for a call-back name and number and then use a reliable source, such as a phone book, to confirm the contact's phone number or e-mail- Report any suspicious contacts to police