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Community Briefing

The Brown Deer Police Department will use this blog to provide residents with current crime information and trends, crime prevention tips, as well as pertinent news, legal updates, and notes as it relates to your community and Police Department. E-mail the department | Police Department's Web Site

AWARENESS OF TELEPHONE AND COMPUTER SCAMS

The Brown Deer Police Department has taken several complaints of telephone and computer scams in recent months. In order to protect yourself, it is essential that you do not provide account numbers or personal identifying information over the phone or internet to unknown persons.

Residents have reported receiving phone calls from suspicious persons who claim to be representatives from We Energies, various financial institutions, and even the FBI. In some cases the caller has told the victim(s) they are past due on a payment or bill and they need to send a money order to a given location within a certain amount of time to prevent their electricity from being shut off or defaulting on a payment. The caller often instructs the victim to take out a money order from businesses that have included; Walgreens, CVS, and Wal-Mart.

Additionally, there has been a scam where a phone call is received from a person reporting that a computer in the residence has been infected with a virus.  The caller prompts the resident to access a specific internet site which supposedly shows that the computer has a virus.  In accessing the internet site, a virus is actually loaded onto the computer.  The resident is then prompted to pay a certain amount of money to a given account in order to fix the problem.   

Remember to never give account numbers or personal identifying information to unknown persons over the phone or internet. Financial institutions and other entities will be much more formal when contacting you regarding account information or payments. If you are suspicious that a scam may be taking place, contact your financial institution, utility company, police department, or respective entity to verify the information immediately.

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