(Mankato, MN) – The Mankato Department of Public Safety is warning residents to always be vigilant when it comes to possible scams.
Director Todd Miller says they get calls all the time from people who have been targeted or have been bilked out of thousands of dollars. He says if it seems too good to be true, it probably is – and anyone with questions over something’s legitimacy should call police.
Miller also notes that people of all ages in Mankato are getting taken by scams, although the elderly can be especially at risk because they are generally polite and have a desire to help.
The scams that circulate in Mankato include everything from people claiming to be with the IRS to people who call grandparents, claiming to be a grandchild needing money to be bailed out of jail.
Miller says people need to be especially wary of deals where you’re asked to pay with gift cards or though a money transfer service. He also notes that scammers often use local phone numbers and post on local websites and have even been able to get scam ads placed in local printed publications.
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