10/29/2020 11:25:00 AM SCAM ALERT: Farmer targeted while trying to sell combine
We see all types of scams in this semi-regular "Citizen Scam Alert," so nothing should come as a shock.
Nonetheless, we were stunned to see a scam involving the sale of a combine.
Last month, a rural Jeffers resident stopped at the Cottonwood County Law Enforcement Center to report he was contacted by a scammer while he was selling his combine. The first red flag occurred when the buyer sent a check for $8,000, far exceeding the agreed selling price for the combine.
The buyer then stated that the extra funds were supposed to cover shipping costs. However, the seller knew something was up and never made a payment to the shipping company.
Upon further investigation, it was determined that the $8,000 check was not valid. There was no loss of funds.
If you have been the target of a scam, your first contact should be the local authorities. Also, feel free to contact us with details (we can keep your name confidential, if you wish).
Send your story to: firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 507-831-3455. Stories will appear in the Cottonwood County Citizen and in our Thursday noon website report. By sharing your story, you could prevent someone from being scammed.