East Lansing Police: Scammers impersonating officers

Published: May. 3, 2022 at 3:21 PM EDT
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EAST LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - The East Lansing Police Department (ELPD) said Tuesday they’ve received an influx of calls from community members who are had been told they have a warrant out for their arrest and must pay a fine.

Police say that’s a scam.

“ELPD and 54-B District Court will NEVER call you about a warrant and request that you pay over the phone,” Department officials wrote in a social media post. “Warrants can only be handled at the 54-B District Court in person.”

A common phone scam is to instill a sense of urgency in the victim to get them to hand over money before they can think things through. Sometimes this is done by claiming one of their loved ones is in danger, like the scams where the caller pretends to be a relative who needs bail wired to an account.

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Most often, such as these most recent attempts, the scammer pretends the victim is in trouble, and must pay to get out of it.

If it sounds familiar, you may be remembering when Eaton County Sheriff Thomas Reich warned of the same scam in February.

Then, citizens had been contacted by someone impersonating a Deputy from the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office. The citizens were told that they missed a DNA test and had a warrant out for their arrest. They were told to withdraw a large some of money and to call the “Deputy” back on their cell phone when they had the money.

The pattern has slight variations, but they’re usually after the same thing: Money. Remember, East Lansing Police do not may payment requests over the phone.

If you have any concerns about a call that has been made to you contact ELPD at 517-319-6897.


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