WATERTOWN, S.D.(KXLG)- Scams have become so prevalent that almost everyone now looks at an unidentified number calling their cell phone and ignores it. Many cellphones now have preinstalled scam call filters to flag, report, and block them.
Still, many different scams are evolving all the time; we reached out to Communications Officer with the Watertown 911 Center, Theresa Riter, to find out more. Theresa brings eight years of experience within the 911 Operations Center.
More than 1 in 10 seniors became victims of scams last year which equals 2 – 3 million people.
KXLG News asks how they continue to take advantage of people.
If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Last year, people were scammed out of over three billion dollars nationally. Locally Riter says they have seen people lose tens of thousands of dollars. These scammers don’t care about you, your family, or your situation; they will take every penny you have if given the opportunity.
With the number of calls they were fielding of scam calls, the 911 Operations Center put together a Scam presentation and is available to do the presentation for your group. Contact them at 605—882-6210 and ask for Troy VanDusen or Theresa Riter to get it scheduled.