Two calls have been popping up a lot in Mid-Michigan recently. The callers try to scare you into divulging personal information.

According to the Flint and Saginaw  police departments, they have received many reports of a caller claiming to be with First Merit Bank. The caller will tell the listener their bank card is compromised, then asking for their pin number and information.

The scammers also have posed as law enforcement officials claiming that victims must pay money to clear a warrant.Citizens should know that law enforcement will never call you to notify you of a warrant and to ask for money or bank account information.

To avoid becoming a victim of a scam:

  • 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.)
  • Ask for a call-back name and number and then use a reliable source, such as the phone book, to confirm the contact's phone number or e-mail.
  • Report any suspicious contacts to police.

Police say First Merit Bank is in no way affiliated with the scam.
ABC 12 – WJRT – Flint, MI

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