Police warn Jackson residents of ‘bogus’ scam caller impersonating officer | #phishing | #scams

JACKSON, MI — Under the guise of “Sgt./Officer Pete” from the Jackson Police Department, a scam caller has been targeting Jackson residents in the past week, police said.

On Monday, April 11, Jackson police received reports from several residents of the Jackson area of suspicious phone calls.

According to the reports, an unknown man has been calling local citizens attempting to solicit personal information, police said. The caller has falsely identified himself as “Sgt. Pete” or “Officer Pete” from the Jackson police.

JPD wants the public to know these calls are “bogus,” and people should never give personal identifying information over the telephone unless they are certain who they are speaking with, police officials said in a news release.

RELATED: Police report ‘significant uptick’ of scam calls in Jackson, Lansing area

“Sgt. Pete” joins a growing list of scam callers who have targeted Jackson County residents under the guise of a police officer in the past few months.

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A legitimate law enforcement officer will never ask for payment over the phone, police said.

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