Chisago County Sheriff Determines Subject of Supposed 'Scams' to be Legitimate Inspector

Chisago County Sheriff Determines Subject of Supposed 'Scams' to be Legitimate Inspector Photo: Facebook image courtesy of Chisago County Sheriff's Office

August 22, 2018 07:11 AM

The Chisago County Sheriff's Office has released new information in connection with a recent scam investigation.

According to the department in a Facebook post, the woman who authorities originally thought was leaving notes in rural Taylor's Falls with a phone number directing residents to a Bank of America recording was legitimately in the area as an individual "sub-contracted through a company that contracts with a mortgage company."


RELATED: Chisago County Sheriff's Office Warns of Recent Scams

The sheriff's office went on to state an Ohio company contracts with many national banks as well as contracting regionally with states who contract with individual mortgage field inspectors. The department stated those mortgage field inspectors then visit individual residences to complete work ordered by the bank, typically done during a foreclosure process.

According to Chisago County authorities, mortgage field inspectors are required to submit background checks, carry credentials and clearly identify themselves.

The Ohio-based company is working with representatives to determine why Bank of America was unable to validate one of their phone numbers.

The department encouraged residents to continue calling if they encounter suspicious behavior or situations.

"We know all too well that fraudulent schemes are getting more complex," the department wrote. "We are committed to investigating them and keeping you up to date as things progress."


Rebecca Omastiak

Copyright 2018 - KSTP-TV, LLC A Hubbard Broadcasting Company


Proposal for three-digit number similar to '911' for suicide prevention heads to Congress

UPDATE: 1 dead, 6 injured after collision in Kanabec County

Camp Angel: Providing a place of comfort for children whose loved ones are battling cancer

Late night storms set up comfortable Sunday

Mayor pushing public safety reforms after 3 Minneapolis homicides in 1 week