The Storm Lake Police Department reminds residents that scammers are still very active in the area, and residents should remain vigilant when receiving suspicious phone calls, texts, emails, and messages through social media sites.

Throughout the last year, Storm Lake residents have fallen victim to numerous scams that can be financially devastating. Some of the most common scenarios used by scammers include…

➜Arrest/Court Scams (Scammers pose as law enforcement or court officials demanding money)

➜IRS Scams (Scammers pose as IRS agents, demand personal information)

➜Utility Scams (Scammers pretend to be with a local utility company – claim unpaid bills or need updated information on customer)

➜Sweepstakes/Lottery Scams (Scammers claim victim won money, need to pay taxes or fees to have money released)

➜Grandparent Scams (Scammers pretend to be grandkids or family member in trouble with the law, need money to help them)

➜Social Security or Medicare Scams (Scammers ask for updated personal information)

➜ Inheritance Scams (Scammers claim you are long lost relative, entitled to inheritance)

➜Charity Scams (Scammers requesting money for a fake charity)

➜Debt Collection Scams (Scammers claim you owe debt, demand payment)

 

The Storm Lake Police Department suggests these tips for avoiding impostor scams:

 

➜ Don’t trust caller ID readings — scammers often spoof names and numbers.

➜ Let numbers you don’t recognize go to…

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