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Posted on: June 8, 2022

[ARCHIVED] ELPD Warns Community Members of Phone Scam

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The East Lansing Police Department (ELPD) has heard from several community members today who have received scam calls from someone claiming to be with ELPD.

Community members have reported that the scam caller or callers are claiming that they have unresolved police issues and owe money via gift cards. Community members are reminded that ELPD personnel will never call and ask for any type of payment over the phone. Community members should hang up if they receive these types of calls.

It also appears, based on community members’ reports, that the scam callers may have spoofed local phone numbers, including ELPD’s non-emergency phone line. Community members can learn more about spoofing and how to avoid being scammed on the Federal Communications Commission website:

Community members who believe they were a victim of fraud can call the Ingham County 911 Dispatch Center’s non-emergency number to file a report: (517) 272-6026.

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