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Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Publishers Clearing House scam strikes area resident

It appears the “Publishers Clearing House Scam” is alive and well in the Cottonwood County area.

This scam has been successful at parting responsible adults from their money for several years now. Earlier this month, officers spoke with a Windom resident about a possible scam where the residents gave out their banking information.

In this scam, the resident received a call from a person who claimed to represent Publishers Clearing House and reported that the resident had won prize money. The Windom resident was advised to call the PCH bank so that way she could provide her bank’s information to transfer the money.

The local woman was given several phone numbers and a banking manager’s name to deal with. Eventually, the woman reported this scam to the Windom Police Department.

According to a report from Windom officers, the woman became suspicious when she was asked for pass codes and debit card number. After this, the woman called her bank in Windom and was then advised that it was a scam. In that short period of time, approximately $900 was taken from her bank account.

Windom Assistant Police Chief Cory Hillesheim advises residents to never give out personal information over the phone. Bank account numbers and social security numbers are especially dangerous.

Hillesheim said that if residents get requests that they are unsure about, they can call into the police department for help with the situation.
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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 Tuesdays 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: rahnl@windomnews.com, or call 507-831-3455. By sharing, you could prevent someone from being scammed.

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