CAPITOL CHATTER Legislative notebook: Those who scam elderly are targeted
By Don Davis and Danielle Killey
Scammers who convince older Minnesotans to send money to people they think they are helping are targeted by a new bill.
These scams continue to be a growing problem ... Posted on 3/5/13 at 7:14 PM
Scammers replicate email bill alerts
WORTHINGTON — Verizon customers are receiving fake emails almost identical to the real alerts many customers get to remind them of monthly payments, according to the Better Business Bureau.
WORTHINGTON — Carrying the correct address and phone number for the Council of Better Business Bureaus in Arlington, Va., another email scam or virus is popping up across the country, including in southwest Minnesota.
WORTHINGTON — Ring, ring. Ring, ring.
Heading out the door on her way to work, a woman picked up the phone without checking the caller ID and heard, “You’ve just won the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes.”
A year-round con artists’ scam to bilk seniors by pretending to be their grandchildren – abroad, in trouble, and in need of cash – spikes during students’ spring break travel period, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Division (AGED).
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