Central Minnesota Residents Targeted By Scammers

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(KNSI) - A Central Minnesota sheriff's office is warning area residents about two scams circulating in the area.

The Morrison County Sheriff's Office says the most recent case is a person receiving a phone call from someone posing as a representative from Publishers Clearing House.

The scammer advises the person that they won a prize.

They are then told to go and buy Amazon Gift Cards and give the caller the PIN numbers.

In the past week, there have been a couple of related scams where the scammer will ask the victim to buy large amounts of Amazon Gift Cards or other types of cards with PINs displayed.

Another scam that has been recirculating is a computer scam.

Recently, a caller stated they received a call from someone claiming to be with Microsoft and that they needed to install an update on their computer.

After the caller downloaded the update, they lost some of their files.

The caller was informed to go to Wal-Mart, buy some gift cards, and send the gift card information to a California address to retrieve the files.

In the most recent cases, the victims did not have their personal information compromised, nor did they lose any money.

Deputies want to remind residents that if they receive an offer that seems too good to be true, it's more than likely a scam.

Authorities say scammers are trying to trick people into giving their personal information as well as access to their financial data.

Scams continue to be an ongoing problem nationwide, and residents are encouraged to never give out their personal information over the phone.

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