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Beltrami County warns of new scam

News Bemidji,Minnesota 56619
Bemidji Pioneer
Beltrami County warns of new scam
Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

Recently local law enforcement authorities have received reports of a telephone scam.

According to a press release from the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office:

- Victims are being targeted by telephone callers who identify themselves members of the Federal Trade Commission.

- The caller leaves a contact number advising the recipient that he or she has won a large sweepstakes drawing in Las Vegas.

- Victims are provided with additional telephone numbers to "confirm" their winnings.

- Suspects request that the victims wire transfer a sum of money, usually in the multiple thousands of dollars, to ensure their "financial eligibility to receive their winnings."

- Banks, Western Union outlets and money gram businesses are aware of the scam and are trying to assist victims by advising caution before wiring money.

Anyone receiving a telephone call of this nature or who suspects they are being scammed in any way should make a report with their local law enforcement agency.

As always, law enforcement warns people to be careful about providing personal information or responding to any unsolicited requests.

Pioneer staff reports