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August 6, 2020

7/30/2020 11:55:00 AM
SCAM ALERT: Gift cards, credit card targeted in recent scam

When a call comes from someone claiming to be from Publisher's Clearinghouse, it comes as no surprise to many area residents that a big cash payout is part of the deal. But when it's a scam, there are often two big hints that there is no prize:
* The resident didn't apply for a prize.
* The resident is asked to pay some type of fee.

Both factors were present when a Windom womanwas called a few days ago. It seemed exciting. She was told she had won $1 million and a new car.

"I have heard before that you shouldn't give out your credit card number, but they are so convincing that this is true," the woman said.

Eventually, the woman was asked for a payment to cover fees. First, she was asked to buy $3,000 worth of gift cards. Later, the scammer simply asked for her credit card number.

"I realized as soon as I hung up, 'What did I do?'" The woman recalled.

Fortunately, she immediately contacted the credit card company and cancelled her card. She lost no money in the scam.

Citizen Online provides scam updates Thursdays at noon, and as reports arrive from authorities.

Check future editions of the Citizen and Citizen eEdition for more stories on scams. If you want to report an attempted scam, contact the Citizen at: rahnl@windomnews.com, or call Rahn Larson at 507-831-3455.

Watch www.windomnews.com for regular weekday updates at 8 a.m./noon/5 p.m., plus BREAKING stories at other times during the day and on weekends. Follow CoCoCitizen @CitPub on Twitter.


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