Police alert residents to new money scam working in area

There is another scam working in the Upper Peninsula that we, and local law enforcement authorities, want to warn residents about.

According to a front page story in Friday’s paper penned by Journal Staff Writer Jackie Stark, Michigan State Police spokesmen said the scam involves people posing as state troopers.

Apparently, the fake police are contacting residents randomly and informing them that a warrant has been issued for their arrest.

Residents are then told that the matter can be cleared up if they are willing to issue a payment. Personal bank account information is also asked for.

State police quickly noted that officers do not operate that way and advise residents to never provide personal information to unknown callers, never respond to unsolicited e-mails from unknown senders and to confirm the identity of a person by independently speaking with the identified source, such as your bank, credit card company or government agency – good advice we are pleased to second.