THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Sheriff Again Warns of Scams
Issue Date: August 20, 2014
Marinette County Sheriff Jerry Sauve warns citizens that there are a number of fraud schemes targeting people in the county.
One scam targets elderly who have grandchildren. A phone call is received from someone who claims to be a grandchild and usually has the grandchilds correct name. They dont want their parents to know, but have gotten into trouble or involved in an accident and need money wired to them.
This is a scam. In one case a significant amount of money was sent and it is lost forever, there was no grandchild out of the country.
The sheriff warns the public to check with family members first to verify and report these scam attempts to Law Enforcement.
Another scam is checks are being sent to people in varying amounts, some as much as $3,000, drawn on different credit unions or banks. Recipients are being told they have won a lottery and should call a number or mail specific information to a listed address (usually a P.O. Box) along with a check to claim their prize. These are nothing but scams designed to obtain specific information to access your credit cards or your bank accounts.
The Sheriff warns citizens these are almost always scams designed to take your money or personal identification. Citizens are advised never to give out their personal information over the phone to anyone who calls or writes letters.
Do not volunteer social security number, drivers license number, address, credit card numbers, savings or checking account numbers to anyone who calls.
People/citizens who receive these calls are advised to ignore all phone solicitations asking for personal information.