Scammers have been busy lately, using both phone and e-mail to bilk Idaho County residents.
Last Friday, Dec. 5, scam phone calls were made to area residents by individuals masquerading as public agencies. According to the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO), a Cottonwood woman reported receiving a call from a person representing the IRS that was threatening suit against her. Two Grangeville residents were also hit that day. One reportedly receiving a call from Grangeville Police Sergeant David Shaw – who does not exist — regarding an unspecified issue. A second was supposedly an ICSO courtesy call that the woman had failed to appear for a jury summons and she needed to pay fines or an arrest warrant would be issued.
Last week, Linda Junes of Grangeville reported receiving an e-mail from Costco Wholesale, purporting to be an “acknowledgment of order” received online at Costco.com and to click the link for details. Junes called on this with the company and found this to be a phishing scam.
Phishing is masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication in an attempt to acquire personal information such as user names, passwords and financial (bank, credit card) details, and sometimes money. Phishing attempts have been reported recently using such common businesses as Costco and FedEx.
Both businesses and law enforcement advise that when in doubt, hang up on the caller or delete the email; do not reply. Look up the information for the agency or business in question and contact them directly if you have concerns.