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.
The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota is warning people about a rise in scams involving dogs. The agency has cited three breeders after they didn’t have any dogs to give people who paid for them.
Target says it has learned of some incidents of scam emails related to its recent data breach and is setting up a section of its corporate website to post copies of all official communication. The company says it is aware of “limited instances” of scam emails. Spokeswoman Molly Snyder says the company doesn’t have any other specifics to provide about the fake emails.
When big name artists are in town, the scam artists are never too far behind. The boy band One Direction will be at Target Center July 18, and one mother from River Falls hopes to save others from the scam she fell victim to, trying to buy tickets to the sold out show.
The trouble started for Frost Simula just days after he moved into a home in Columbia Heights. Now, he’s on the hook for tens of thousands of dollars. At first, his 2,100 square foot home in Columbia Heights seemed brand-new, but a trail of post-it notes from the last few weeks explains why. He’s found 51 problems with the house.
A Rochester man has been sentenced to 5 years in prison for swindling more than $11 million in investment scam.
It may be hard to believe, but April 15 will be here before we know it.
A new sophisticated method of identity theft has police asking all of us to beware.
Centerpoint Energy says that about 500 customers have fallen victim to a growing scam that claims President Barack Obama will pay their utility bills for them.
St. Cloud Police are warning of a fraud scam that has been affecting a number of people recently.
Consumers are demanding refunds….were they sold a bill of goods?