The Sanilac County Sheriff’s Office is warning area residents about an increase in phone scams targeting citizens. According to Sheriff Gary Biniecki, the Detective Bureau has taken numerous calls within the last week in regards to Social Security Scams and the “police call” or “lawyer call” scam as well. Police are warning residents to use caution in taking these calls and reporting the number if given a call back number message. The Sheriff says his office is recommending that residents remain “mindful and skeptical of unknown callers.”
As a reminder, if an unknown caller asks for cash, gift cards, credit card numbers or other personal information, the safest move is to refuse the request and check with the police to find if it is a legitimate business, rather than responding right away. It’s also very important to remember not to give out computer or phone log-ins along with personal or financial information to someone who calls. Remember, law enforcement agencies will not ask for this type of information for any reason. Always beware of high pressure techniques like callers demanding that a decision be made on-the-spot. Sheriff Biniecki says that if “it sounds quirky, weird or too good to be true, it probably is.”
Reporting for WGRT, Karly Hurley.