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ALERT: Fraud & Scam Reports On The Rise In Asotin County

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PRESS RELEASE FROM THE ASOTIN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE: The Asotin County Sheriff's Office has experienced a significant increase in the number of Fraud and Scam reports in the past two weeks.  Citizens have reported a wide range of computer and phone scams which include a caller identifying themselves as being with Microsoft Technical Support and warning that the potential victim's computer has been the target of a cyber-attack. The caller requests the potential victim go online and follow a link which allows the caller to remotely take over the computer with a promise of stopping the attack. 

Other calls involve a caller claiming to be with a department store and informing the potential victim they are eligible for a gift card and request credit card information to pay the handling fee or a caller claims to be a relative stranded overseas in need of financial assistance or claim to be with a law enforcement agency and claims a family member of the potential victim has been arrested and is in need of bail money to be released.              

The computer scams include a pop up occurring on the victim's computer which indicates the computer has been encrypted or has been seized by the Federal Bureau of Investigations and a fee of $300.00 is required to release the computer. These types of scams are the result of a virus or other type of malware being loaded on the computer either through a website visit or e-mail.              

The Sheriff's Office is reminding citizens to take steps to protect their personal and financial information and to report scams and fraud to their local law enforcement.

>>>Additional information on protecting yourself and fraud can be found at www.stopfraud.gov or by contacting Captain Dan Hally of the Asotin County Sheriff's Office at 509-243-4717.

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