Police warn of phone scam where caller pretends to be local police chief

Posted at 4:45 PM, Sep 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-05 16:45:53-04

A phone scam had one potential victim second guessing his gut feeling.

Grosse Pointe Farms police are now warning others to be on the lookout.

The caller pretended to be the police chief of Grosse Pointe Farms.

"Oh my gosh. What did I do wrong and how do I deal with this?"

That's what the potential victim, who wants to remain nameless, thought when he got a phone call from a scammer on Saturday morning.

The caller said he was Grosse Pointe Farms Police Chief Daniel Jensen and a warrant was out for his arrest if he didn't pay a fine right then.

"I never received any kind of a court notice....nor do I believe this is how any court would deal with this saying you have to show up on a Saturday."

The caller threatened to send an officer to his home if he didn't pay two fines.  The scammer he had the man's correct address.

"One was for $1,200 and the other was for $1,000. And said if I showed up as soon as possible at 90 Kerby, we can take care of the matter."

The address 90 Kerby Road is the municipal building, including the police department.

"Who knows how they could've proceeded at that point."

The caller told the potential victim to bring cash because the kiosk, that accepts credit cards, is not working. But, there are no kiosks in the building.

"A court is never going to request cash for anything, or the police. But even then, even with that background and my knowledge base, I won't lie, there was a minute there where you're like, 'Oh my gosh. I have to turn around and go deal with this.'"

The man got off the phone after about 10 minutes and called police.

He hopes others will learn for this incident and not become a victim.

"As long as people are falling for it, there's no reason why people aren't going to keep trying."

Police tell us the police chief would not call individuals to make a payment for a warrant.

But if you're still not sure if the other person on the line is a scammer, take down their information and then call police.