2018-06-07 / Community

Sheriff warns of scams

HURON COUNTY - Huron County Sheriff Kelly J. Hanson reports that many police agencies nationwide often receive reports of scams on a daily basis and “this is certainly the case at our Sheriff’s Office.”

Hanson said, “Normally, the people reporting them have already realized someone is trying to scam them. However, there are others who unfortunately fall prey.”

“This was the case last week when a local grandmother purchased a $500 Google Play Card to get her grandson out of jail,” Hanson said. “She did this after she was told to do so by a person identifying himself as her grandson’s out-of-town appointed attorney.”

Hanson continued, “This individual also told her she could not speak to anyone about her grandson’s predicament. He then called her back later that night to tell her she needed another $500 to complete the total bond.”

“Fortunately, she then contacted a family member who insisted that we be called,” Hanson said. “One of our Deputies got in touch with the grandmother and then called the scammer. After a brief conversation with the scammer, the Deputy was hung up on.”

Hanson reminds everyone, “As is the case in many scams, options of recovering what a victim is out are very slim to none.”

Hanson added, “In the case referred to, the Google Play Card had been purchased with a credit card. Sometimes credit card companies can help in situations like these so the victim was advised to contact them.”

Hanson said, as of recently, it was unknown whether that was successful or not.

Hanson added, “On an average, our office likely receives two or three calls per day about scams. However, there are days where we may receive as many as 10.”

Hanson warns everyone, “It cannot be stressed enough that money or other methods of payment should never be sent to individuals, companies or agencies that an unsuspecting victim might not be aware of, or expecting to hear from.”

Hanson added, that as far as sweepstakes related letters or calls that one might receive, “remember that if it sounds too good to true, it probably is.”

Hanson added that, when any doubt exists, he and his office strongly recommend that your local police or the Sheriff’s Office be contacted. “That way, someone can help authenticate a situation, or identify it as a scam,” Hanson said.

He added that although hard to say for sure, it is believed that tens of thousands, or maybe even hundreds of thousands of dollars are scammed from Huron County residents every year.

“Taking the time to make a simple phone call to law enforcement before you send any money, or give any information, can ultimately be well worth it before it’s too late,” Hanson said.

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