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Scam call claims Microsoft refund due

Dispatchers receive multiple reports on many different types of scams

— Software company giant Microsoft is going out of business, and you are due for a refund. Umm, no, it’s not, and no, you’re not.

“It’s so strange. It’s so obviously a scam,” said Bonnie Asker of Grangeville.

Asker received three calls – likely a recording, she believed — from an 888 number on Monday, March 5, stating that the company was closing and that she was due a credit on her Microsoft bill. The message then provided an 888 number for her to respond right away.

“They’d probably want my bank number,” she said, who did not respond, noting right away this was a scam attempt.

Asker’s call is a variant of the refund scam, in which the scammer attempts to mislead the potential victim with the allure of receiving a cash award in order to obtain personal and financial information.

An Internet search of the 888 number provided to Asker to call turned up on a scam reporting website, noting this was not legitimate and has been repeated elsewhere.

Last week, the Idaho County Sheriff’s Dispatch Office received a few calls regarding the Microsoft scam. On a daily basis, dispatchers receive multiple reports on many different types of scams.

“We refer them to the Federal Trade Commission,” said ManDee Mignerey, dispatch supervisor, “as typically the callers will be calling from out of country, even if it looks like a local number.”

Contact the Federal Trade Commission at 1-877-382-4357.


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