Reggie Ferrell describes what made the fraudulent phone call believable. Sound clip by Danielle Chesney. EAST LANSING – Michigan State University Police have received multiple reports of fraudulent phone calls occurring in the East Lansing area and have encouraged members of the community to be aware of the scam. Michigan State University sophomore Ondraé Lawson received a fraudulent call from a man at a Detroit phone number, claiming to be from the IRS. She said the man told her that her university grants had unpaid taxes, and if she did not pay $1,200, she would face major consequences.
Residents of Clinton County have recently been plagued by a number of phone calls from apparent scammers threatening action for money. Callers claiming to be grandchildren or members of the IRS or Consumer Energy have resorted to utilizing fear or desperation. While members of the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office has taken measures to help people, it’s proved difficult to reach out to everyone. “These people are very good at what they do,” said County Sheriff Wayne Kangas. “These scammers have become very savvy about who they contact and what they say.”
Kangas said that senior citizens are easier to manipulate in these situations.