Scam Reported in Burnett Co.

Friday, November 6th, 2009 at 1:00 pm

Burnett County Sheriff Dean Roland tells Red Rock Radio that a scam has hit Burnett County.  Roland says there have been three reported scams over the past two days in which people receive phone calls from “grandchildren” requesting money for an urgent situation.

The scammer then claims they need funds wired immediately to cover a vehicle crash, an arrest, border taxes or medical needs and are asking the grandparents go to Walmart to send the money.

If you receive a call like these, the Burnett County Sheriff’s Department encourages you to call (715) 349-2121.

A similar scam took place in Minnesota in March.  the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Division (AGED) said typically in the scam, the caller will say, “Grandma, it’s me, your grandchild,” and wait for the grandparent to answer, “Jimmy, is that you?” The scammer then claims they need funds wired immediately to cover a vehicle crash, an arrest, border taxes or medical needs. Stressing their embarrassment, the caller urges the grandparent not to inform their parents or friends.

AGED offers the following tips for these types of scams:

• Make sure of the caller’s identity. Don’t provide names or other information. Ask something that only the grandchild would know.
• Verify the location of the family member by calling another family member or friend.
• Resist the pressure to act quickly. Scammers depend on immediacy and will emotionally leverage love and embarrassment to induce their targets to wire funds quickly.

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