Winneshiek County authorities warn of rise in scams

Published: Mar. 29, 2023 at 10:42 PM CDT
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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) –The Winneshiek County Sheriff’s office is putting out a warning for residents-- scams in the area are increasing.

Sheriff Dan Marx said on the Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office Facebook Page, the scammers are using many different tactics including blackmail, hacking computers and demanding money. He says the number one weapon against these scams is education. In just the last two months, the office recovered $60,000 in stolen money.

“This is one of these crimes where truly, we have to fight it through prevention,” Marx said. “These scammers, they prey on the numbers. They make 500 scam attempts and they are just fishing for that one that takes the bait.”

The Sheriff says scams don’t just impact seniors.

People of all ages can fall victim.