REGION- The Michigan State Police (MSP) is urging citizens to beware of scams. The scams seen on a regular basis are typically conducted through the internet or phone.
Common scams reported to the MSP:
- Computer anti-virus scam: A message will pop up on your computer screen advising you the computer has been infected with a virus. There will be a number to call, and they may request information about your financial accounts, or request you purchase a gift card, and give them the information on the card.
- Puppy scam: Occurs online. An advertisement will be located for a breed of dog you are
interested in. You will message with the scammer online, and they will usually tell you there is only one or two puppies left. Scammer will request a deposit to reserve the puppy. They usually request payment through a cash app, e.g., Venmo. May request additional money for vet bills or vaccinations.
- Social media relationship scam: You will be contacted via social media by a scammer who will quickly become interested in a relationship. The online profile will be fake, and the scammer will want you to give them money, usually done through a Google play card, or some other gift card.
They will claim they need money for gas, or transportation to meet you in person.
NEVER make payments to someone through cash apps, or with gift cards, unless you know them.
NEVER give out your banking, or personal information over the phone.
NEVER click on links from suspicious emails. If an email states your account (amazon, eBay, etc.) has been compromised, go directly to the company’s site or app to login.
If a business, or organization is interested in learning more and would like a fraud / scam presentation contact Tpr. Kunath, (989) 354-4101, or email, Kunathj@michigan.gov