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Doctor Warns Others After Online Romance Scams Use His Identity

February 9th 2021

Year after year I learn that someone has used my images as well as my niece and nephews in fake profiles to lure someone into a romance scam.

Police Warn: Phone Scammers Claim to be From DTE

January 22nd 2021

If you suspect the call may be fraudulent, hang up and call DTE at their toll-free number 800-477-4747. Ask to be connected to a customer service representative and explain to them what occurred.

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 […]