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Wednesday, May 29, 2024

SCAM ALERT: Con artists continue to target elderly for “person-in-need” scams

Just because a scam has been around for a while, doesn’t mean it isn’t still a problem.

Windomnews.com has received word that con artists are still targeting area elderly residents for “person-in-need” scams. According to Minnesota Bank & Trust, scammers could use the circumstances of COVID-19 to pose as a grandchild, relative or friend who claims to be ill, stranded in another state or foreign country, or otherwise in trouble and ask you to send money.

The scammer may ask you to send cash by mail or to purchase gift cards. Key factors are the scammer often begs you keep it a secret and act fast. The idea is to keep you from asking questions.

What should you do? Don’t panic! Take a deep breath and get the facts. Hang up and call your grandchild or relative or friend’s phone to see if the story is true. Do not send money.

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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