The East Lansing Police Department is warning people about scammers calling and demanding instant utility payments.
The caller usually poses as an employee from a state or federal agency, such as the IRS or INS, or a utility company and tell the victim that they have to pay money immediately or face arrest, deportation or service shut-off. The caller will explain how to either wire the money or provide a number from a prepaid debit card.
The ELPD urges anyone who receives a call that appears to be a phone scam to hang up or take a name and phone number and place a call to the business line of the agency to confirm the caller's validity.
The police department reminds everyone that no business or local, state or federal agency will demand payment with a prepaid card.