Gov. Mark Dayton wants to stiffen the penalties for financial scammers who target older and vulnerable Minnesotans. The Democratic governor included a new financial protection law in his two-year budget proposal.
The Carver County Sheriff’s Office is warning the public of scams involving prepaid cards. Sheriff Jim Olson says scammers are tricking people into using Green Dot MoneyPak cards to pay shipping fees for phony rewards; to pay off nonexistent fines; to pay past-due utility bills with the threat of service disruption; to pay for computer virus removal and to seek money to pay a relative’s bail.
Seniors across the country are being scammed out of $2.5 billion a year, but Minnesota is leading the way in the fight against this troubling epidemic. Minnesota is the first in the country to provide guidance to banks and credit unions with spotting and reporting fraud without penalties.
Cavalia is warning ticket buyers that swarms of online scalpers are selling regular priced tickets for an inflated price.