Local scam tells person on phone to head to police department

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INGHAM CO., MI. (WILX) -- Scam alert!

The Ingham County Sheriff's Office is warning residents in the area of a scam.

On Friday, around 11:00 a.m., they are reporting that scammers in the area were calling residents claiming to be a Sergeant with the Lansing Police.

They say the caller would tell them someone signed for a subpoena using the resident’s name. Then, the caller asked the resident to get in their car and drive to the Lansing Police Department on Michigan Ave to compare their signature to the one on the signed subpoena return. The caller advises the person to stay on the phone during the drive, meanwhile assuring them that this has all been approved by Ingham County Sheriff Scott Wriggelsworth.

The Sheriff's office says that they think the caller is hoping that the person on the phone goes along with it, and will be told eventually to pay the caller with a pre-paid card or get arrested along the way.

They are saying that these calls are fake, and that neither the Lansing Police or anyone from the Ingham County Sheriff's department would place these calls or make these kind of requests.

If you receive a call like this, you should call your local police to verify any kind of police request, as well as report the call.

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