SCAMS AND FRAUD ALERTS

On this page you will find notices from the Sheriff’s Office regarding current scams circulating through the community. As soon as we get word of a new scam or fraud, you can learn about it here to keep you and your family, your identity and your finances safe.

If you ever have a question about what you think may be a scam, or if you’ve been a victim of a scam or fraud, please contact our office at (231) 439-8900.


ALERT – JULY 30, 2020 – MICROSOFT SCAMS

The Emmet County Sheriff’s Office has received information that a new Microsoft Scam is currently going around the area and wants citizens to be aware, according to Sheriff Pete Wallin.

The way the Microsoft Windows scam call works is that users get a phone call, usually from an unknown or spoofed number. Sometime your caller ID will display a city and state. Once you answer the call, the person will tell you that they work for Microsoft and that your computer needs a software upgrade.

How to protect against tech support scams:
     • Microsoft does not send unsolicited email messages or make unsolicited phone calls to request personal or financial information, or to fix your computer.
     • Any communication with Microsoft has to be initiated by you.
     • Don’t call the number in the pop-ups.


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