STAFF BLOG 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 6:14 PM
A Grand Forks couple’s phones were ringing off the hook Sunday, and on the other end of the line was a scam, they told the Herald. The voice on the other end said the couple owed $384, and provided a website to pay for the unknown debt. A friend at a local bank got the same call.
If you get a call from someone claiming to be from the North Dakota Department of Transportation and he or she claims your driving privileges are in jeopardy unless you pay a fee, hang up, the real NDDoT said Thursday.
The four remaining defendants in a Bakken oil leasing scam that duped unwitting investors across the country out of hundreds of thousands of dollars were found guilty on most charges on Wednesday by a Montana jury.
Police say an elderly Devils Lake man lost approximately $50,000 in a sweepstakes scam. The man, who is in his 80s, made several payments over the past few months to the phony company after being notified that he had won a “U.S. Sweepstakes” prize of $48.5 million.
The Grand Forks Senior Center is alerting area seniors about a possible scam.
A man has been calling seniors identifying himself as with the Senior Center, asking the people if he can come to their home to offer assistance.
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