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News Release
Telephone Scams and Computer Crimes - 07/05/19

During the month of June, the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office received multiple reports of phone scams and identity theft from citizens in our county. The total combined monetary loss from these reports equaled $150,052. 

The most common reported scams were: 

• Computer hackers representing Microsoft which include intimidating demands for money or payment in the form of Google play cards to repair the computer. Hackers then take over control of personal computers to gain banking and personal identity information.

• Phone calls impersonating the Social Security Administration demanding payment in the form of Google Play cards.

• Phone calls impersonating law enforcement about an injured family member in the hospital or in need of bail money, also demanding payment in the form of Google Play cards.

• Verizon accounts opened fraudulently with cell phone orders shipping to alternate addresses. 

These companies and government agencies will NEVER demand payment by gift cards. The Sheriff’s Office would like to remind citizens to remain vigilant and report any potential scams that come their way. Persons should never provide financial or personal information to anyone until they are certain who they are speaking to.

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