(AUDUBON) The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office and the Audubon Police Department would like to remind citizens to be aware of ongoing scams.
The scams that have recently been reported include the “grandparent scam”, which a citizen receives a phone call from a subject claiming to be a grandchild and requests they wire money to them. This scam has been a problem for quite some time.
There have been many other scams reported, including sweepstakes scams and lottery scams. It has also been reported that citizens have been getting phone calls asking them for social security or banking information for Medicare purposes.
Authorities says a general rule of thumb, or a warning sign that it may be a scam, is if they tell you not to tell anyone or if you need to send or wire money to claim your alleged prize or money. Never give any banking or personal information to anyone over the phone.
Most of these scams originate from other countries which make it impossible to track or prosecute. Scams can also be via the internet or mail. Citizens are urged to contact law enforcement if you become involved in any situation that you feel might be a scam.