A Windom couple lost money to a con artist, recently, in a scam that involved a supposed social security number problem.
The elderly couple received a call from a man who claimed to be with the government. The man reported that one of the couple’s social security numbers had been stolen and that it had been used illegally in several states. The couple was then instructed to purchase gift cards and to then provide the caller with the numbers from those cards.
“They were told that if they provided that card information, their problem would be solved,” said Windom Assistant Police Chief Cory Hillesheim. “Unfortunately, they were scammed out of some dollars in this situation.
“Just remember, social security people will never call you. If in doubt, give us a call at the police station.”
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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 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: firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 507-831-3455. By sharing, you could prevent someone from being scammed.
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