The Redwood County Sheriff’s Department reported late last week it received a report regarding a phone scam alleging involvement form local organizations. The Redwood Area Chamber and Tourism Office was contacted July 25 by a Redwood County resident who had become suspicious of a phone call requesting donations which would be used to fund community outreach programs. The caller indicated the fundraising was being done in partnership with the Redwood Chamber of Commerce, the American Red Cross and the Redwood County Sheriff’s Department
As the one being called recognized the discrepancy in the title for the local Chamber, the call was disconnected. The Redwood County Sheriff’s Department reminds residents to never provide banking information over the phone.
These scams have become very common and often sound quite convincing.
Citizens are encouraged to contact the sheriff’s department or one’s local police department if they feel they have been the victim of one of these scams. The incident remains under investigation.