Scammers targeting Grand Traverse County
Phone scams are picking up in Grand Traverse County and officials are warning residents to hang-up the phone when questionable calls come in.
According to Grand Traverse County 911 dispatchers, they've received a dozen calls from concerned people in a 90 minute time span Friday. The concerned citizens said they received a call from someone claiming to be from the IRS. This scam has been circulating for about a year, but calls seem to be picking up in the area.
The IRS will not call people on the phone demanding money. The IRS will not ask for credit/debit or checking account numbers and they will not threaten to send police to arrest you. The Internal Revenue Service has also posted a warning about the scam on its website.
If you receive a call, do not give out any personal information, just hang up. You do not need to call 911 to report the phone call.
If you have given out personal information and you believe it was a scam, you will want to call 231-922-4550 and make a police report. You will also need to keep a close watch on your bank accounts.
The IRS scam is just one of many circulating the area. There are also scammers targeting senior citizens claiming to be their grandson or granddaughter in trouble with the law and in need of cash.