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Wednesday, April 17, 2024

SCAM ALERT: “Grandson in jail” scam hits local woman

All kinds of scam alerts are reported to local authorities, but one that seems to be among the most popular among scam artists is the “grandson in jail” scam.

The Citizen has received numerous reports of this type of scam activity and included some of these reports in its regular “Scam Alerts.” One particular case was reported a few weeks ago in Windom.

A woman told Windom police officers she received a call about her grandson who was supposedly in jail in California. The woman mentioned that the grandson didn’t sound like himself, but said he needed $6,000 to get out of jail.

Fortunately, the woman had heard of these scams and was suspicious. No funds were lost in this case.

The police officer offered this sound piece of advice to grandparents in the area: “When in doubt, give a call to police, or stop at the Cottonwood County Law Enfocement Center.”

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