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Sheriff warns of new scam

Beltrami County Sheriff Phil Hodapp is advising residents of a new scam.

According to information received from a daily debriefing sponsored by Homeland Security:

Senior citizens in central Minnesota have been targeted in a burglarizing scam. Police report that victims receive a phone call to respond immediately to a local hospital emergency room where someone has allegedly been taken for serious injuries.

Authorities believe that the callers are trying to lure the citizens from their homes in order to burglarize them after they have left.

Citizens are advised to call the hospital, if they receive such a call, prior to rushing to the scene in order to assure such phone calls are real. Call 333-9111 or toll-free at 1-888-449-9111 to reach law enforcement.

They then should contact local law enforcement of any such incidents. Information gathered from caller ID, if available, would be especially helpful to officers in tracing such calls.