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Spokane County deputies warn of continuing scams in our area

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office says they continue to receive reports of scammers trying to lie, intimidate and threaten people into giving up their hard-earned money or personal information, leaving them vulnerable to identity theft.

The sheriff's office says that in the last couple of weeks they have received reports of the "Jury Scam" the "IRS Scam" and the "Microsoft Computer Virus Scam." All of these scams have the same basic premise: A thief threatens an unsuspecting victim as they portray themselves as someone trying to help. Then, they either:

  • convince them to purchase prepaid credit cards, iTunes Cards, or similar items from a local store and provide the card access numbers to the thief; which allows them to steal the money,
  • convince them to grant remote access to the victim’s computer or to provide personal information (social security numbers, banking numbers, etc.) setting the victim up for identity theft and fraud. 

Do NOT, for any reason, provide any personal or banking information over the phone to anyone you don’t know and trust 100% unless you instigated the call for your own reasons. Law Enforcement, Government or reputable businesses will NOT call and threaten/coerce you into buying prepaid credit cards, providing remote access to computers, or providing personal/banking information.

If you think it might be a legitimate call, take time to double check information given. Do not give into threats or intimidation.

The sheriff's office assures that no law enforcement agency will threaten your arrest "unless you pay us right now." 

If you get a call like this, it’s a scam.  Hang up and report the phone call to Crime Check at 509-456-2233.

No reputable computer company will ever call you and request remote access to your computer and home internet system.  If you receive a call like this, it’s a scam.  Hang up and report the phone call to Crime Check at 509-456-2233.  If you happen to be having computer problems but haven’t contacted a company yet, take the caller’s information, hang up and call the company at the phone numbers YOU looked up and verify it’s not a scam.  Once you give remote access to your computer, a scammer can download your personal information stored on that computer (tax records, banking information, important identification numbers etc.). 

The sheriff's office urges the public not to be victimized by the predatory criminals and to check their stories out so you don't give up any important information. 

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