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Stolen Pictures, Fake Account, Stun Victim of Online Catfishing

January 20th 2020

 Both women reported the incident to Bumble, and the account was taken down by the end of the day. 

Royal Oak Cops and Doughnuts Presentation on Avoiding Scams Oct. 2

September 14th 2018

Royal Oak Cops and Doughnuts Presentation on Avoiding Scams Oct. 2 Royal Oak, MI – The Royal Oak Crime Prevention Council is hosting a neighborhood meeting with the Dept. of Attorney General on Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 6:30pm. Don Ferguson will present phone, mail and e-scams. You will learn the telltale signs of scams, along […]

Scammer Knew Victim’s Sex Offender Record, Used Realistic Aliases & Phone System

August 3rd 2018

Scammer Knew Victim’s Sex Offender Record, Used Realistic Aliases & Phone System (Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, Aug. 3, 2018) Rochester Hills, MI – INCIDENT:  16:57 hrs. – City of Rochester Hills – Fraudulent Activity – #18-144896 SUMMARY:   Deputies responded to the City of Rochester Hills Substation to meet with the victim of a reported fraud.  […]

Fraud and Safety Luncheon with Hazel Park Police July 25

July 20th 2018

Fraud and Safety Luncheon with Hazel Park Police July 25 Hazel Park, MI – Are you at risk for identity theft or financial fraud? Today everyone is. Hear from the experts and learn what you can do to protect yourself. Get your questions answered. Leave with peace of mind. Be empowered and worry less. Get […]

Mortgage Auditors of America Owner Pleads Guilty to Multiple Charges

December 23rd 2017

Mortgage Auditors of America Owner Pleads Guilty to Multiple Charges (Attorney General’s Office, Dec. 23, 2017) LANSING – Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced that Robert Shumake, 49, of Southfield, has pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor violations of the Credit Services Protection Act, while his business Mortgage Auditors of America has pleaded guilty to two […]

State Agency Apologizes, Sets Up Hotline for those Accused of Unemployment Fraud

January 30th 2017

State Agency Apologizes, Sets Up Hotline for those Accused of Unemployment Fraud (Unemployment Insurance Agency, Jan. 30, 2017) LANSING, MI – People accused of unemployment fraud between 2013 and 2015 and have questions about their cases can now call a new hotline created by the Talent Investment Agency, Director Wanda M. Stokes announced today. The […]

Sheriff Warns of Fake IRS and Jury Duty Calls

January 28th 2016

Sheriff Warns of Fake IRS and Jury Duty Calls (Oakland County Sheriff’s Dept, Jan. 28, 2016) INCIDENT:  10:15 hrs. – Jan. 27, 2016 – Springfield Township – Phone Scam / Impersonating a Deputy – #16-14204 SUMMARY:  The Springfield Township Substation received a phone call from a resident stating that a “Captain Watson” from the Oakland […]

FBI Warns: College Students Targeted for Phone Scams

October 24th 2015

FBI Warns: College Students Targeted for Phone Scams (FBI Press Release, David P. Gelios, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Detroit Division, announced that the FBI is warning consumers to be on alert for a phone scam that primarily targets college students while displaying the FBI’s telephone number on the recipient’s caller ID. The […]

Governor Snyder Vetoes Three Election-Related Bills, Signs 11 Others

July 9th 2012

Snyder did sign into law 11 other bills, including those that establish more stringent requirements before a political party will be recognized in Michigan, and requirements that Independent committees must file quarterly spending reports with the State. Other bills require all ballot or petition language must be submitted to the Secretary of State prior to circulation.

Beware of “Water Department” Scam

June 5th 2012

After the victim provided $70 change from his drawer in the bedroom, one suspect asked him to go to the basement to check the pipes. The second suspect was upstairs while they were checking the pipes, and after the suspects left the victim noticed money missing from his drawer.