With the federal government shut down going on its fourth week, State Police are warning residents of people trying to take advantage of the situation.

Police are reminding residents to stay vigilant of phone and e-mail scams from people claiming to be employees of federal offices. Some scams include false information regarding federal benefits, loans or grants, as well as fake, "side jobs" for furloughed workers.

Police also urge residents to never give out personal information or click on strange links. Officials say government agencies rarely contact you unless you contact them first, so if you suspect a scam, call the agency's customer service for verification. 

If you become a victim of a scam, officials urge you to report it to your financial institution and local law enforcement immediately.