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Thursday, June 24, 2021

SCAM ALERT: Recent scam targets Windom teenager

Scams are often associated with adults and senior citizens, but teenagers can also be targets.

Such was the case on June 1, when a Windom resident reported a scam effort involving a bank account opened by a 16 year old Windom girl. According to the report, there was fraudulent online activity involving the teenager and another person, previously unknown by the girl.

As part of the scam a $1,500 check was deposited into the account. However, the check had not yet cleared.

Upon learning of the deposit, police immediately instructed the family to freeze the bank account. An officer later explained possible scam efforts, internet safety and dangers of friending strangers on the internet.

Ultimately, no funds were lost as a result of the scam attempt.

Send your scam 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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