Office of the Sheriff
Sheriff and State of Michigan warn of government imposter scams
Sheriff Fuller is warning Kalamazoo County residents that scammers are posing as government agencies in order to trick residents into giving up personal information and money to the scammers.
A good resource for the latest scam, posing as the state Office for Victims of Crimes, is linked below, but scammers have also posed as the Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office, FBI, and IRS.
Tips from the State Attorney General's office to avoid being taken in follow:
Contact from the government gets your attention. Criminals use legitimate government references and the threat of government action to trick individuals in to taking action that facilitates theft. The initial communication could come in any form—letter, phone call, email, or text message. No matter the form, the goal is the same: to get personal or business information and steal money.
If you receive a text or email from any source claiming to come from a government agency or employee with an attachment or link asking you to open it or click on it, do not do it until you verify it is authentic.
If anyone calls you and asks you to pay with a cash-to-cash money transfer, like MoneyGram or Western Union; or with a PIN from a cash reload card like MoneyPak or Vanilla Road; or with a remotely created payment order using your bank account and routing numbers, they are a fraud and it is a scam. Hang up. It is illegal for any telemarketer to accept any of those forms of payments.
If you receive suspicious contact from someone claiming to be from state or local government, report the contact to the actual agency using contact information you know is accurate. The official State of Michigan website provides reliable contact information for State government.
Posted: Friday, November 15, 2019