A Windom woman reported receiving an email message from a scammer posing as a Geek Squad representative last week.
According to the woman, the email claimed that she owed $389.99 and that if she did not have this service she was to call a specific phone number to cancel it.
“We haven’t done business with Best Buy, or Geek Squad for ages,” the woman added.
She noted that the e-mail was official-looking with the usual Geek Squad logo and came from: “webgis/support department.” The number she was told to call is 1-888-491-1907. She was told that she had 24 hours to cancel the service.
“We didn’t click on anything,” the woman said, adding that she did some research and found a warning describing a scam identical to what she received.
In most cases, people are given a week or more to cancel a service. But in this case she was given only 24 hours, a sign that the scammer wanted her to panic and act too quickly.
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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).
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