Scio Township Residents Scammed Out of Money





By Lonnie Huhman, lhuhman@thesuntimesnews.com

Two recent cases of fraud has a Scio Township board member wanting to give a heads-up to the community.

One case involved $110,000.

After reading the November 2018 Police Services Scio Township Monthly Report, township board member David Read said they should let the public know about these latest cases in an effort to prevent them from repeating.



There wasn’t an opportunity in late December for the township board to talk about the latest monthly report, but it did have it for the meeting on Jan. 8.

On Nov. 12, the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office said in the report it responded to a residence for an in-depth fraud complaint. Police said it was learned that the victim was scammed out of $110,000.

The police said the victim received a call from a subject in Washington D.C., who spoke her native language. The caller told the victim that passports and bank cards had been located going through customs into Shanghai, China and had been sent under her name. The subject or caller then transferred the victim to the Shanghai Police Department.

After multiple days of going back and forth, the WCSO police report said the victim was informed she could move her money into an account in China, which would allow the Chinese government to determine if the money was “clean.”

“If it was determined to be “clean,” the money would then be transferred back into the victim’s account,” the police report said. “This victim ultimately transferred a total amount of $110,000.00 into the account, hoping to clear her name.”

A computer forensics detective with the WCSO was called to assist in this case to help determine a suspect. The police report said at this time a suspect has not been identified.

The second case had WCSO deputies working with a victim on Nov. 28, who said she received a call from an unknown person at the Apple Care Tech Support. The police report said the caller told the victim she needed to purchase Apple gift cards and then read the numbers on the back of them back to the caller. The police said the victim purchased $3,500 worth of gift cards and was told, after reading the numbers to the “support tech,” the cards did not work.

“It was shortly thereafter determined that this was a scam,” the police report said. “There is currently no suspects for this incident.”

For more information on scams or to get some help if you believe you were a victim of one, call the WCSO at 734-971-8400.





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