(WXYZ) - Seems at any given time there are scams, but Metro Detroit police are warning residents of several scams that include the lure of money and threat of jail.
The man’s voice on a Dearborn woman’s phone message has heavy foreign accent. He says he’s with the IRS and wants the woman to call him for some “time sensitive” information about her taxes.
Police tell 7 Action News that scammers have been calling Dearborn residents telling them they are law enforcement with the IRS and will arrest them if money is not paid and threatens jail time and legal action.
“She could have easily been a victim,” says the woman’s son, Abe Alame, who warned her about the scam.
People have paid money. Troy police show a check for $3,998.10 paid to a scammer for so-called “processing fees” to receive second place winnings in the USA Mega Sweepstakes Lottery.
We called the number provided by a 7 Action News viewer of a known lottery scammer.
We couldn’t get any money. Or even a name.
Police in Troy and Dearborn say the IRS and lottery officials will never call you. Always get a call back number and never send money to anyone you do not know.
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