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Monday, April 22, 2024

Area resident reports suspicious package

A Windom woman reports that a new local scam appears to involve the delivery of packages that were never ordered.

Three times in the span of two weeks the woman and her husband received packages n the mail that they had not ordered. In one case, the package was supposedly sent to a distribution center, but could not be delivered without further information. In the second instance, the couple was told that the item had received only temporary storage “because there is not a safe place to store it” long-term.

In both of those cases, the couple received a cell phone call with a link to click. They said they have seen scams like this before and declined to click on the link.

The common piece of advice connected to these scams involving packages, or prize funds that involve things that were never ordered (or applied for) and “come out of the blue,” is to ignore them. If it seems to good to be true, it very likely is a scam.
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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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