During the July 4th holiday weekend, the Amador County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center answered 146 911 Emergency calls, 926 non-emergency telephone calls and dispatched 328 law enforcement and medical aid calls for service, county wide. Read more here>>>
The Amador County Sheriff's Office is aware of recent incidents involving a potential internet fraud within Amador County. In these incidents, citizens receive a telephone call from an unknown subject who identifies themselves as being with the Microsoft Corporation and offering to install software that will enhance the performance of the personal computer of the person being called. The unknown caller then directs the subject to an internet site, which allows for the remote connection to the citizens computer.
To date, there have been no reports in Amador County of any personal information being compromised in this manner. However, this "service" is typically charged as a subscription paid on a monthly or yearly basis, but the software being installed is available free of charge on the internet.
The Amador County Sheriff's Office wants to remind all residents of the following internet tips:
- Do not visit unknown websites by following links contained within emails
- Do not reply to emails from companies or persons you are not familiar with
- Do not receive or hold packages to ship to someone you meet on the internet
- Do not cash check or wire funds to an employer that you meet on line
- Do not cash checks or money orders received through online transactions without first confirming their legitimacy
- Never provide personal/banking information as a result of an email or phone notification
- Do not allow unknown subjects access to your computer without verification
If you are believe that you have been the victim of an internet fraud or scam, contact the Amador County Sheriff's Office.