The Pontiac Police Department urges everyone to have conversations with their friends and families about scams. In today's world, a lot of private information about us is available on the internet and from hacking groups. The information may make some scams seem legitimate to the unsuspecting.
Rule #1- Be suspicious about everything. If you get an email, a text a letter, a phone call stating you owe money, you may be facing repossession, jail, arrest, loss of educational loan benefits, social security, you won etc. question it very seriously. The federal government, state and local government, financial institutions and most businesses do not do business this way.
Rule #2 Verify or Ignore. If you are sure it sounds fishy, ignore it and block the caller or email address. If you are not sure, use your own resources (NOT THOSE IN THE CORRESPONDENCE) and contact the stated source.
Rule # 3 Never cash checks sent to you without verifying authenticity. YOU will be responsible to repay the bank.
A GOLDEN RULE- Nothing is free! If it sounds too good to be true, it simply is.
This rule applies to other things as well such as on line sales and auctions. Cyber criminals want your money and continue to be successful because too many people fail to follow the GOLDEN RULE.
Please make sure to talk to your families and especially college age children that you have joint banking responsibility to. Their mistakes will cost you!
In most cases there simply is no way for police to help once you have been scammed.