Thursday, February 25, 2021

Area police warn of multiple phone scams

Plymouth police are warning area residents of several phone scams which have been reported recently.

Crime Prevention Bureau Ofc. Tony Angelosanto urged residents to use caution and common sense if they are contacted by telephone, computer or regular mail by someone claiming to need cash for a bail bond; notices of needed computer service or repairs; actions regarding unemployment benefits or even offers of filing tax returns. In a recent notice from the city, Angelosanto urged residents who might be contacted about one of these topics to always check with their family or friends who may be mentioned in the scam. 

In one scam, a "grandson" asks for bail money or bus fare to get home from out of state and in another, an email claims that a "fatal error" has been found on the computer or software being used. 

Angelosanto suggested that individuals ask the caller for a registered address that can be verified or simply ignore the contact by hanging up on the caller, ignoring the email or text message or throwing away the mail notification.

He suggested that anyone who is contacted about or has been victimized by these scams contact the police department.

A good rule of thumb is that if you did not initiate the call or contact, do not give out your personal information, Angelosanto advised. 

He also cautioned that extra care and caution should be exercised during this time of year when filing tax returns. He advised residents to make sure they are using a reputable tax or accounting firm and if filing personally on the computer, make sure to use a secure web page or program.

Residents who have questions or concerns about a possible scam can contact Angelosanto at the Plymouth Police Department Crime Prevention Bureau (734) 453-1234 ext 526.