A Windom resident recently contacted authorities to report a scam involving a Facebook offer.
The woman told officers she responded to a post that said she could spend $100 and make $150.
It appeared to the woman that a friend had posted the offer, so she assumed it was OK (the scammer apparently used the friend’s Facebook information as part of the scam). She was sent to a link where she used a cash app on the link to send $100 to an account.
A short time later, the woman lost access to the cash app on the Facebook account.
Authorities are checking with the woman’s bank to make sure nothing is linked to her bank account.
Offers commonly offer this piece of advice in this type of situation: “If it seems too good to be true, it is probably a scam.”
Share your scam story
Local law enforcement is concerned about the impact of scams on area residents, particularly the elderly.
Consequently, this newspaper works with local police and sheriff’s departments to keep residents updated on common schemes. Scam Alerts will appear in future editions as often as possible in the coming weeks.
Readers can also find online scam updates Thursdays at windomnews.com.
If you have been the target of a scam, your first contact should be local authorities. Also, feel free to contact us with details (we can keep your name confidential).
Send your story to: email@example.com, or call 507-831-3455. By sharing, you could prevent someone from being scammed.
Send your story to: firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 507-831-3455. By sharing your story, you could prevent someone from being scammed.
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