Local authorities warn residents of phone, internet scams

MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - Marquette City Police are warning residents of an ongoing trend of internet and phone scam complaints in the area over the past several months.

Detective Sergeant, Christopher Aldrich of the Marquette City Police says most victims of these types of scams are members of the elderly community and others that might be easily taken advantage of.

Aldrich also says there are several tactics used to try and gain access to either money, gift cards, financial or personal information. Scammers may mask or 'spoof' a familiar phone number. They may also call at odd hours in order to confuse or confound their victim.

Scammers have been known to impersonate family members in need of emergency assistance or government agencies like the IRS, claiming they should send payment to avoid further criminal charges.

"Just be careful not to give out personal identifying information, banking information, credit card information over the phone or to an un-trusted source or somebody that's unsolicited calling you. Just hang up the phone. Don't be afraid to offend them by just simply hanging up the phone and ending the call,” Aldrich advised.

Aldrich says it's best to follow this simple rule of thumb: If something seems too good to be true, it usually is. He adds that once you commit to following their instructions, there’s not much that can be done to recoup any money or other data that may have been compromised.