Township resident victim of Social Security scam
A Bloomfield Township resident was scammed out of $10,000 after a caller told her her Social Security number had been used in a crime in Texas, and after discovering she had been duped, she informed police on Friday, October 16. The 41-year old resident, who lives in the 4000 block of Mayflower Court, informed officers she had received a phone call from someone claiming to be an employee of the Social Security Administration. The victim was told her Social Security number had been used in a crime in Texas, and then she was transferred to another person claiming to be a U.S. Marshal. The victim was instructed by that person to withdraw money from her bank account and deposit it in a bitcoin machine. The Bloomfield Township resident withdrew $10,000 from her bank account and deposited the money into two separate bitcoin machines located inside Shell gas stations in Pontiac. On Saturday, October 10, the victim told her son what she had done and he immediately contacted Bloomfield Township police to file a report. The Bloomfield Township Police issued a reminder to the public that no government or law enforcement agency will ever instruct you to pay for fines or services using bitcoin. The case is currently under investigation.