From Nov. 26-Dec. 3, Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 638 calls for service/events. Higher call volumes occurred in these areas: Traffic Stops-81, Suspicious Subject/Situation/Vehicle-39, Assist Citizen/Motorist Assist-34, Alarms-30, Traffic Violations-29, Traffic Hazards-26, Follow-up of any kind-26, Property Damage Crashes-25, Shoplifting Complaints-23, Car/Deer Accidents-20, Check Well-Beings-18, Property Damage Hit & Run-14, Civil Complaints-12, Domestic Disputes-12, Larcenies-12, and Car in the Ditch-12.
Beware of Imposter Scams Targeting the Elderly and Disabled
It’s the time of year when our seniors and disabled citizens experience an increase in scam calls. Attorney General Nessel is reiterating her warnings about scam phone calls and re-issues the following tips seniors can use to protect themselves.
Remember that no government agency will ever:
- Call out of the blue and ask for a Social Security number.
- Ask for payment by gift card, bitcoin or other digital currency or wire transfer; or
- Threaten to suspend anyone’s Social Security number -- this cannot be done.
If you receive a suspicious call, consider these tips:
- End a call right away if you have any suspicions about the caller.
- Never provide your Social Security number, bank account information or Medicare number to someone who phones, messages or emails you unsolicited.
- Never use a gift card or wire transfer to make payment to someone you do not know.
- Never open email attachments or links unless you know the sender.
- Join the National Do Not Call Registry by visiting DoNotCall.gov or by calling 1-888-382-1222 (TTY: 1-866-290-4236) from the phone you want to register.
If you think you have been a victim of an imposter scam, you can file a consumer complaint with the Michigan Attorney General’s office.
Yours in Public Safety,
Sheriff Tom Reich