Phones and computers have the world quite connected, but along with the convenience, comes a fair share of problems as well, including vulnerability to scams. Bothersome “expiring car warranty” calls don’t seem very bad when you compare it to getting a call saying a loved one is in a faraway jail needing money or worse yet a call saying your child has been abducted.

In a recent incident, Polk County Dispatch received a report of a child abduction from the Amery Middle School. Officers from the Amery Police Department, Clayton Police Department, Polk County Sheriff’s Department and Clear Lake Police Department responded. Middle School staff quickly located the student in class. Officers determined that a mother of a student received a phone call from an unknown male that claimed to have kidnapped her child and wanted money in return. This was determined to be a scam and no child was abducted or in danger of being abducted. This incident remains under investigation in an attempt to locate the origins of the phone call.

In another scam last week, a gentleman received an email stating he had a package to pick up at the Clear Lake Post Office. The email asked him to verify his personal information. Luckily, instead of sharing his information, he called the post office who said they had not been trying to reach him.

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