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BEWARE: Scam callers claiming to be state employees to get financial information

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Posted at 2:36 PM, Aug 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-24 14:36:26-04

Michigan residents beware: scam callers are trying to get your credit card information by claiming to be state employees. 

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson put out a warning to customers after a number of reported cases.

Callers may be using "caller ID spoofing" to display a number from a Secretary of State office or another state agency. Some of the scammers have reportedly been pretending to be representing a business or government agency and demanding personal or financial information. 

If you receive a strange call that appears to be from a Secretary of State office, hang up and call the Department of State Information Center at 888-767-6424. 

“Although alarming as this activity is, there are steps Michigan residents can take to protect themselves,” Johnson said in a news release. “Any legitimate agency welcomes the chance to verify whether a contact, either in person or by phone, was appropriate.”