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Owosso Police Warns Residents of Scam

Phone Scam Threatens Arrest to Spur Payment

Posted by Owosso Now at 2:36pm 2/11/19

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Owosso Police are warning citizens to be on the alert for scam artists posing as police officers.

Scammers call your phone and your phone's display shows that Owosso Police Department is calling.  Then, the scammer threatens arrest for outstanding warrants unless a payment is made.

The scammer may say that a warrant was issued due to unpaid debt or that you missed jury duty, or perhaps, that a fine is due related to a minor infraction.

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OPD advises residents who think they may being targeted to listen for these common signs of fraud:

• If the caller claims there is a warrant for your arrest.  
• If the caller claims you have 15 minutes to pay a debt.
• If the caller says you owe a debt for a loan you don't recognize.
• If the caller refuses to give you a mailing address or phone number.
• If the caller asks you for personal, financial or sensitive information.
• If the caller tries to pressure or scare you into paying, such as threatening arrest or reporting you to law enforcement.

If you have been contacted by a scammer, OPD says

• Ask the caller for his name, company, street address, and telephone number.
• Tell the caller that you refuse to discuss any debt until you get a written "validation notice."
• Contact the Shiawassee County Central Dispatch non-emergency line at 989-743-9111.

Further, OPD says that unless you know who you’re dealing with, never give out or confirm personal, financial or other sensitive information.  This includes your name, date of birth, social security number as well as bank or credit card information.

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