Law enforcement warn of phone scams targeting the elderly

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TOMAHAWK,Wis. (WSAW) -- The Lincoln County Sheriffs Department was able to recover more than $10,000 for an elderly woman in Tomahawk after she was targeted by a scammer out of state.

Lt. Tim Fischer said it's very rare for law enforcement to recover money in these cases because it's usually untraceable. But in this incident they were able to retrieve the money by using the address the scammer gave to the victim.

"The victim in the case received a phone call from a male party identifying himself as an agent down in the southern part of the state advising that her grandson had been taken into custody. They said she needed to send $4,000 and when she agreed to do that a second call came in and said she needed to send $11,000," said Lt. Fischer.

Kathy Volkman the Vice President at Cloverbelt Credit Union said scams like happen often and that anyone can be a victim. Keeping staff at the credit union trained to spot fraudulent transactions is how they keep their customers money safe.

"We look for things such as people with drawing large amounts of money when they typically don't do those type of transactions.
Or people who want to send a wire transfer or Western Union and that's money that once its sent it cannot be recovered," explained Volkman.

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