Con artists selling fake goods are not only found in the large cities. Some operate, in person, right here in Cottonwood County.
A Windom resident learned that lesson, painfully, after a recent scam. According to police, a man was standing along Fourth Avenue when he was approached by a man, woman and child traveling in a tan SUV. The family informed the man they were traveling from Washington and ran into tough luck, losing $25,000 at a casino.
They told the man they needed to sell jewelry to pay for gas and other remaining travel costs. Ultimately, the local resident paid $3,500 in cash for fake jewelry.
Windom Assistant Police Chief Cory Hillesheim advises local residents to pause and visit with police before handing over cash to strangers.
Send your scam story to: firstname.lastname@example.org, 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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