ELLSWORTH – The Ellsworth Police Department is encouraging everyone to take extra precautions during this holiday season. They say they are receiving an increase of complaints because of scams.
A lot of the scams reported are using the grandparent scheme, where a caller will use a name of a loved one and say they are in need of money. Some are also falling victim to special offers and job scams.
“It is scary, it really is. These people think that it’s legitimate. It could be someone who is disabled or elderly that can’t work a 40 hours a week anymore,” said Detective Dotty Small, “So they are trying to supplement income. They have been searching for a job and get something in the mail and say “oh yes, I applied for this job.'”
People are encouraged to not provide personal information or money over the phone. Police say, if there are red flags, chances are it is a scam.