Michigan State Police Warn About New Scam in Otsego County

Michigan State Police are warning people about a recent scam involving someone pretending to be from the Office of the Inspector General in Otsego County.

Troopers from the Michigan State Police Gaylord Post had an elderly person come in to report that they were contacted by a person who represented himself as a Federal Officer with the Office of the Inspector General. The person told the victim that a vehicle was rented in their name in south Texas and was used in a drug trafficking operation, according to MSP. They then went on to say that the victim would have to be issued a new social security and asked for their number, which they provided.

MSP says the man then asked what banks they had accounts with, but the victim became suspicious and did not tell him. The man sent a picture of his credentials, which included a badge and photo ID.

Michigan State Police want to remind everyone to never give out personal information to anyone over the phone, online or by mail. If you suspect that you are being scammed or doubt the authenticity of the person contacting, notify law enforcement immediately.