You would think by now that we have been around the block enough to recognize the signs of a phone scam.  The caller representing an organization that wouldn't normally be calling, asking for personal information including account numbers, scaring people into thinking they owe money and asking for payment with a cash card.  Plus the one where they get you to say the word "yes" so they have a recorded record of you saying it when they explain why they charged your account.  The list goes on and on.

Well, we have an addition to the list.  According to an article on, the Michigan State Police are warning the public about a phone scam that uses the MSP.  A caller appears to be calling from a Michigan State Police phone number, asking for banking information, after telling the victim a vehicle was found with narcotics inside.  Just for the record here's Police provided these tips to avoid becoming a scam victim:

• Do not give personal information to unknown callers.

• Do not respond to unsolicited e-mails from unknown senders.

• Confirm the identity of a contact by independently speaking with the identified source (your bank, credit card company, government agency, etc.).

• Use a reliable sources to confirm the contact’s phone number or e-mail.

• Report any suspicious contacts to police.

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