The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) has received multiple calls on a variety of scams. Most have been targeting grandparents and trying to trick people into believing their grandchild is in need of urgent help and to send money immediately. Followed by scammers trying to get citizens to believe they have a large amount of money coming to them but just need to send a small amount of money to get the process started.
Some have contacted us regarding what they were concerned was a scam from a company which does business with a large health care insurance provider. This one is actually NOT a Scam but a notice of your identity possibly having been stolen when their data base was hacked earlier this year.
Anyone receiving such notice should seriously consider placing an alert on their credit with one of the major credit reporting agencies. You should also check your credit to determine if anyone has opened an unauthorized credit account in your name. Be vigilant and protect your identity. You can access very good information on our website at www.livcoso.org and click on “Departments” then scroll down to “Crime Prevention Tips” and read the available information on identity theft protection. You can also find 3 of the major credit reporting company information and details on what to do.
If you have actually been a victim and lost money to a scam you should take all the information and report it to authorities. If you are merely contacted by these criminals it is easiest to just hang up.
If your identity has been stolen and used, you should make a report to your local law enforcement agency.
It is your money and your identity, both are well worth protecting. Please call if we can be of any assistance.
Sheriff Steve Cox