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Scam artists targeting county residents

Humboldt County Sheriff Dean Kruger (left) and Chief Deputy Sheriff Brian Ricklefs (right) report an uptick in financial scams in the area. Humboldt Independent photo.

Humboldt County Sheriff Dean Kruger and Chief Deputy Sheriff Brian Ricklefs warn citizens to be aware of a number of phone and Internet scams that are being perpetrated.
Some local residents have been the targets of the schemes and a few citizens have even lost money because of it.
“We’ve been getting quite a few complaints from elderly people who are getting phone calls from someone impersonating one of their grandchildren,” said Kruger.
Kruger and Ricklefs said the money usually ends up in a foreign country like Canada, Mexico or Jamaica, where it is harder to trace and where apprehension and prosecution is more difficult.
“Once the money is sent, it’s gone. I traced some that was sent in a scam to Mexico, but that was as far as I could get,” Ricklefs said.
The scams may range in dollar amounts from a few hundred dollars to tens of thousands of dollars.
For more news on what to look out for and what to do about it, read the full article in this week's Humboldt Independent. Now available online!