Elderly citizens targeted in 'loved one in trouble' phone scam


Residents in a Mid-Michigan community are being warned of a phone scam involving a person impersonating a police officer.

The Linden Police Department received a complaint Saturday, May 5 from a resident who said they received a phone call from a man claiming to be a police officer.

The caller told the resident he had a warrant for his arrest, and if the resident paid a specific amount of money using a debit card, the warrant would be resolved.

“The complainant asked him if he could use a credit card and the caller stated that he could not and they would only take a debit card,” the City of Linden wrote on Facebook.

Officials said the telephone number that came up was the Linden Police Department's actual phone number, and the caller used the identity of an actual police officer within the department.

Authorities are urging anyone who receives a similar call to not respond or follow the instructions.

“The Linden Police Department does not contact individuals by phone regarding outstanding warrants, nor do they ask individuals for money,” the city said.

If someone has an outstanding warrant, they will receive a letter in the mail instructing them to turn themselves in at the Linden Police Department or the Genesee County Court complex.

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