Washtenaw County Sheriff Warns Residents of Western Union Phone Scam

Victims of the phone scam have been reported in Dexter and the surrounding municipalities.

The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office is urging residents to exercise caution with a new telephone scam circulating around the county.

According to police, victims are being contacted over the phone and being asked to wire money via Western Union.

"The stories being told to the victims are different but you should be aware of any phone calls where the individual is asking you to send money," the sheriff's department said in a press release. "If you receive a similar call attempt to gain as much information you can from the caller, including a phone number. Before you send money verify the information."

A second online scam has been circulating the Internet in recent weeks as well. Con artists claiming to represent the website Google, are emailing residents and offering to send them $500,000 in honor of Google's anniversary. Residents are asked to email their information — including full name, telephone number, nationality and address — to an office in Nigeria, Africa. After a period of time Llodys Bank Africa, a false financial institution will wire the money to an individual's bank account.

"You should always be wary of any message that asks for your personal information, or messages that refer you to a web page asking for personal information," Google said in a statement. "One thing to be sure of: Google or Gmail will never ask you to provide this information in an email; if the message asking for it claims to be from us, don't believe it."

Here's what you can do to protect yourself from fraudulent emails:

  • Check the email address of the sender of the message by hovering your mouse cursor over the sender name and verifying that it matches the sender name.
  • Check whether the email was authenticated by the sending domain. Click on the 'show details' link in the right hand corner of the email, and make sure the domain you see next to the 'mailed-by' or 'signed-by' lines matches the sender's email address.

If you have any questions or concerns about recent scams, contact Sgt. Beth Gieske at the Washtenaw County Sheriff's substation in Dexter, 734-426-0228.


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