Marquette police warn of scams

MARQUETTE — The Marquette City Police Department warns the community of a scam involving spoofed police phone calls.

The scammer will contact a person and pose as a police officer, according to a department press release. During the conversation the scammer will attempt to extract financial or Social Security information. The number that might show up on a person’s caller ID could be from a police department, authorities said.

Spoofing a number occurs when a scammer uses a computer program to change or hide their real phone number.

Police are not going to ask for financial information or Social Security numbers over the phone, according to the release. Also, if a call of this nature is made to a phone, the recipient of the call is asked verify the police agency number and contact police directly for inquiries.

Police said people should not rely on caller ID information as verification as to who may be calling, and that the phone number or name can be altered by spoofing programs.