Warning About Parking Scammers in Downtown Detroit

Detroit police are warning people about scammers working in the District Detroit.

Police say they work in groups of five, wearing official-looking vests with fake badges and claiming to work for the Little Caesars Arena or nearby Harry's Detroit, just off Clifford St. at W. Fisher Service Dr.

The scammers charge people $45 to park on the street or in a dirt lot, but when the vehicle owner comes out of the arena, they find expensive tickets from police for being in no-parking zone.

Detroit police tell Local 4 Detroit that they will have extra officers in the area for the home opener for the Detroit Tigers Thursday afternoon and they plan to try to crack down on the problem that business owners say has been plaguing the area for years.

"They're very good at what they're doing. They wear vests, they have fake badges," says Harry's Owner, Harry Kefalonitis.

Detroit Police Commander Franklin Hayes says "We don't want to pick certain events, we want to set a tone that no matter what the event is, we will hold those accontable and stop this predatory behaviour."

According to police, there are a few things you can watch for to make sure you're not a victim including the fact that official parking attendants will have city identification, they can’t wave you in from the middle of the street and nobody can force you to pay to park on the street or in an alley.

— With files from Local 4 Detroit