Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Beware of Telephone Scams

The Dane County Sheriff's Office wants to remind citizens of potential telephone scams targeting the elderly. 

Earlier today (04/24/2012), a Sheriff's deputy responded to the home of an 87-year-old fraud victim in the town of Westport.  She had been contacted by telephone by a person claiming to be helping her grandson, who was in trouble and needed cash.  The caller then had the woman send $3900 to an overseas address.

The ploy of claiming that a friend or family member is in trouble and needs cash is a common tactic used by these scammers and they generally target the elderly.  Please talk to anyone that you feel could potentially be a victim of such a scam and caution them to check with family or law enforcement before responding to any such claims.