Police warn residents following Bitcoin scam in northwestern Michigan

GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY — The Michigan State Police is warning residents of a scam involving Bitcoin after an elderly couple from Honor fell victim.

The couple went to a gas station in Garfield Township to use the Bitcoin ATM, according to a news release from the MSP. The manager of the station suspected something was wrong and called police.

A trooper from the MSP Cadillac Post and deputy from the Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Office arrived at the station and worked together to distract the couple who were on the telephone with the scammer.

“The scammer used a computer virus to initiate the attack against the couple’s computer, then staged a series of phone calls posing as Microsoft and as the couple’s bank,” reads a news release in part. “They convinced the couple they needed to pay money via Bitcoin to prevent loss of freedoms or further financial loss, and made threats of international crime violations.”

The couple had already sent $2,900 of the $17,000 that they were told to withdraw from their bank account, according to police.

“The MSP want to remind everyone to never divulge personal information to anyone over the phone, online or by mail,” reads a news release. “If you suspect you are a being scammed or doubt the authenticity of the person contacting you, notify law enforcement immediately.”

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Police warn residents following Bitcoin scam in northwestern Michigan

GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY — The Michigan State Police is warning residents of a scam involving Bitcoin after an elderly couple from Honor fell victim.

The couple went to a gas station in Garfield Township to use the Bitcoin ATM, according to a news release from the MSP. The manager of the station suspected something was wrong and called police.

A trooper from the MSP Cadillac Post and deputy from the Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Office arrived at the station and worked together to distract the couple who were on the telephone with the scammer.

“The scammer used a computer virus to initiate the attack against the couple’s computer, then staged a series of phone calls posing as Microsoft and as the couple’s bank,” reads a news release in part. “They convinced the couple they needed to pay money via Bitcoin to prevent loss of freedoms or further financial loss, and made threats of international crime violations.”

The couple had already sent $2,900 of the $17,000 that they were told to withdraw from their bank account, according to police.

“The MSP want to remind everyone to never divulge personal information to anyone over the phone, online or by mail,” reads a news release. “If you suspect you are a being scammed or doubt the authenticity of the person contacting you, notify law enforcement immediately.”

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