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Tuesday, October 26, 2021

SCAM ALERT: Local scam effort simply asked for eBay cards

Scammers come in all shapes and sizes, but some scams are so obvious it is hard to imagine them working at all.

The Windom Police Department ran into such a scam on April 22. Late that afternoon, a Windom resident reported receiving a check for $6,150 from a female acquaintance in Texas. The resident was advised to take the check to an ATM to cash it (it is believed the nearest ATM that accepts signed checks is in Mankato).

The person was told to then use the cash proceeds to buy eBay cards and then send the cards to the woman. That’s it. There was no purchase involved, no services rendered, simply cash the check and return the same amount in eBay cards.

The recipient of the check did not comply and, instead, shared this story with police.

Send your story to: rahnl@windomnews.com, or call 507-831-3455. Stories will appear in an upcoming edition and in a Thursday website report. By sharing your story, you may prevent others from being scammed.

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