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Phishing Attempt: Scammers Are Now Selling Alleged Police Gear Online

The Birmingham Police Department, Michigan, has issued a warning to the public after discovering that scammers are peddling alleged police merchandise through deceptive links.
Image Source: Pexels | Photo by Mikhail Nilov
Image Source: Pexels | Photo by Mikhail Nilov

The Birmingham Police Department, Michigan, has warned the public after discovering scammers peddling alleged police merchandise through deceptive links. This well-planned strategy involves sharing fraudulent links in the comment sections of the police department's social media pages. Unsuspecting individuals engaging with these posts become victims of a phishing attempt, putting their personal information at risk.


The Birmingham Police Department took to Facebook to alert the community, emphasizing the gravity of the situation. "This is a phishing attempt to get your personal information," the department warned. It was explicitly stated that the police department is not involved in the sale of any apparel or items featuring the Birmingham Police patch.

Instead, they are actively promoting the Birmingham Benevolent Fund fundraiser, specifically featuring the Therapy K9 Maple dog. However, this fundraiser involves in-person purchases only, reinforcing the notion that any online links advertising police merchandise are dubious and likely part of the scam. 

Pexels | Photo by Rosemary Ketchum
Pexels | Photo by Rosemary Ketchum

Phishing scams are not new, but the audacity of scammers using the trusted image of law enforcement makes the situation more concerning. As people engage with content shared on official social media pages, they assume a level of authenticity that scammers manipulate for their deceptive practices. Scammers in the region are also falsely posing as members of the city's police department, attempting to trick residents into paying fines or warrants.

The authorities have cautioned residents about the scam and urged them to ignore calls from unknown phone numbers. "We want you to know police officers will never call you claiming you need to pay a fine or warrant, or anything by phone. To avoid falling victim to a scheme, don't answer calls from numbers you don't recognize," they said in a Facebook post.

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Photo by RapidEye | Getty Images

Residents are advised to exercise caution when clicking on links, particularly those shared in the comments section of social media posts. Verifying the legitimacy of online transactions, especially when involving established authorities or institutions, is crucial in preventing falling victim to these scams. Moreover, community awareness and education are essential tools in the fight against fraud, and residents are encouraged to share this information with friends and family to protect each other from such schemes.

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Photo by RDNE Stock project | Pexels

Law enforcement agencies across the country increasingly find themselves battling cyber threats, ranging from scams targeting individuals to sophisticated attacks on their own systems. The authorities have urged anyone who has fallen victim to this scam to immediately contact them. By calling 248-644-3405, victims can report the incident and seek guidance on mitigating the potential fallout from having their personal information compromised.