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Scams hitting Pierz area

PIERZ – The Pierz Police Department is cautioning residents about several scams.

One of the computer scams is where someone calls a victim, claiming that they have computer problems and that they can resolve the problem if the person wires money to the caller.

The second scam involves online phishing, in which a computer user will see a pop-up screen with a button to click on, where they then would be routed to chat with a suspect, who then would obtain the victim’s banking information needed to wire money payments to fix the computer issue.

The computer problems are scams and people are asked to ignore them and report it to police.

The third scam targets grandparents and involves a caller telling the grandparent that their grandchild has been arrested in another country and needs money wired immediately. The caller tells the grandparent not to call the parents of the child so they won’t be upset.

Victims have wired the money and then find out their grandchild is safe.

Microsoft doesn’t call people about their computer’s status; won’t offer solutions over the phone to improve their computer’s performance; and doesn’t need banking information to do anything.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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