BURTON, Mich. (WJRT) – Thousands of dollars of people’s hard earned money is gone within a matter of seconds.
ELGA Credit Union and financial institutions all across the country say they’re seeing a massive uptick in fraud. All it takes is a phone call, text message or email.
Karen Church, CEO of ELGA Credit Union in Burton, can’t pinpoint the exact reason why scams and fraud cases are increasing, she but suspects it’s because there’s been such a big infusion of money into the economy. Between enhanced unemployment benefits and stimulus checks, scammers are out to cash in.
“A big uptick in what we’re seeing right now is the classic emails and now text messages and emails saying something’s wrong with your account or there’s been an order on Amazon, can you confirm this,” Church said.
Lexus Garcia, who is the senior fraud analyst for ELGA, said people are clicking the links that are sent to them and then they are routed to the scammer,…