Scam calls targeting Bay City utility customers during the holidays
BAY CITY, MI - Scam calls are making the rounds in Bay City once again, especially as the holiday season gets underway. Bay City issued an alert on Tuesday, Nov. 30 warning residents that utility customers are once again receiving fake calls indicating that their utility service will be “shut off” if their bills are not paid. “Scam calls and emails typically increase during the holiday season making now the best time to be additionally wary around phone calls demanding money, financial, or card information,” said the city in the alert. A similar scam went around Bay City in late October where residents were threatened by scammers stating that their utility services would be shut down if the victim didn’t pay up within 30 minutes. More from MLiveScam calls threatening residents with utility shut-offs circulating in Bay CityEmergency and low-income senior food boxes available in Bay County through the holiday seasonSpecial Christmas tree lighting to bring awareness to disability services in Bay CountyCrowd fills Wenonah Park for 2021 tree lighting and Santa’s arrival in Bay CityDowntown Bay City adding 7-foot-tall fireplacesBay City challenging residents to light up the city for holiday contestmlive.com
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Michigan AG Dana Nessel: Watch out for scam phone calls claiming to be from health departments
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Metro Detroit woman warns others after falling victim to elaborate pet purchasing scam
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Experts warn of scams involving prepaid gift cards
The caller said all he had to do was buy $480 in eBay gift cards. Prepaid gift cards are being requested in several different types of scams, including government employee impersonation scams, secret shopper scams and puppy scams. The Better Business Bureau scam tracker showed that Americans lost nearly $3 million involving payments with prepaid gift cards in 2020. “Whenever you purchase a prepaid gift card, unfortunately it’s just like cash, you can’t get that money back,” Blankenship said. Click here for more information on prepaid gift card scams.
‘These guys are fake’: DEA will never call and demand personal, financial information
These are lies and scammers are just trying to get your personal information. “These extortionists call people up and pretend to be DEA agents and we just want to get the word out that these guys are fake.”Scammers claim to be with the DEA and ask for personal information such as identifying information or financial information. And they call people, and pretend to be DEA agents and try to get personal information from them. Whether it’s credit card information or social security number or even bank account information,” McNeal said. “I’ve seen upwards of $12,000 that people have fallen victim to and they will take it in any form if they can convince you to give them an Amazon gift card or Google Play gift card, or an iTunes gift card.