Sheriff's Office continues to respond to scam alerts

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane County Sheriff's Office has continued to receive scam reports.

In the last two weeks, they have received reports of the Jury Scam, the IRS Scam and the Microsoft Computer Virus Scam.

According to the Sheriff's Office, all of these have had the same basic premise: a thief threatens/scares an unsuspecting victim as they portray themselves as the “person who just wants to help”.

Once they have the victim scared, they do one of two things, or both.

The first tactic goes as follows: they convince the victim to purchase prepaid credit cards, iTunes Cards, or similar items from a local store and provide the card access numbers to the thief which allows them to steal the money.

The second tactic is somewhat more malicious. The thief convinces the victim to grant the thief remote access to the victim's computer or to provide personal information (social security numbers, banking numbers, etc.) which sets the victim up for identity theft and fraud.

The Sheriff's Office says do NOT, for any reason, provide any personal or banking information to anyone you don't know and trust 100% unless you instigated the call for your own reasons.

Law Enforcement, Government or reputable businesses will NOT call and threaten/coerce you into doing things such as what was stated above.

If you are unsure about a caller's identity, make sure you do some research on who they say they are. Odds are that what they say will not match up with the true identity of who they say they are.