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Police: Dozens of Eagan residents scammed out of over $440K in 2019

Updated: September 18, 2019 10:12 PM

So far in 2019, Eagan residents have lost over $440,000 in scams, police say.

Eagan Police said officers have taken reports from 26 people who have fallen victim to scams over the past nine months. The total loss from those scams is $441,397.  

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Police said the scams vary from supposed utility companies requesting payment to U.S. Marshals claiming the victim's identity is being used to smuggle drugs.

The department released a table of the crimes, showing the wide variety of ages from 21 to 86 and various backgrounds of the scam victims. Police used it as a reminder to the public that anybody with any level of education, socio-economic status and life experience is susceptible to being scammed.  

One mother said her 23-year-old son was exploited recently by impersonators claiming to be from the IRS or Dakota County.

"He's a young man with not a whole lot of life experience yet, my heart sunk to my stomach, I felt sick." She asked to not be identified by name.

Police said the best way to prevent a scam is to be alert to the fact that they exist and aware of what the warning signs are. Most scams work to incite panic and require a person to take immediate action, which can affect a person's critical thinking and make them miss the warning signs or not use better judgment. Many times scammers ask for personal information or try to get money in non-traditional methods, like via gift cards, wire transfers or cash apps. 

You can learn about the latest scams by visiting the Federal Trade Commission website.

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