OSCODA – Local realty businesses were recently alerted by the Oscoda Township Police Department (OTPD) of an attempted fraud incident involving more than $50,000.

On the afternoon of Oct. 2, an officer was dispatched to Landmark Title Corp. on South State Street (US-23), in reference to an attempted fraud-wire transfer.

The owner of Landmark advised that one of their clients forwarded e-mails he had received from the corporation, which were fraudulent.

The owner told police that his secretary sent an e-mail to a local realty establishment, regarding a business transaction. A fraud then occurred where an unknown subject changed the secretary’s e-mail address and began corresponding with the client about a sale and how to perform the wire transfer, stating that they couldn’t accept any checks for more than $10,000 right now.

The OTPD adds that the fraudulent subject also changed the phone number to 989-789-1471, ext. 104.

The client attempted to call the subject, but the calls kept getting dropped. He then e-mailed the unknown person, in reference to this.

The subject e-mailed the client back to apologize for the dropped calls, stating that he/she was in a Zoom meeting, but was waiting for the transfer to go through.

Authorities say that, luckily, the client figured out that something wasn’t right and made contact directly with Landmark Title Corp. about the fraudulent e-mails and requests.

According to the OTPD, the unknown subject also used Landmark’s fax company letter head, but changed the bank name, the routing number and the account number to where the money – approximately $56,000 – would have been sent.

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