NORTHWOOD, Iowa - The goal of technology is to simplify our lives, but it can also make things easier for crooks who want to swindle you out of your money.
Worth County Sheriff Dan Fank along with the county's information technology director, Joel Rohne, held a tutorial today about online and telephone deception.
A popular tactic is for crooks to call and pretend they are with the Internal Revenue Service or Microsoft. The Internal Revenue Service will never call anyone about back taxes, they communicate through old fashioned letters in the mail.
They say if you are suspicious, call law enforcement right away.
Northwood resident Genie Foss tells KIMT News 3 she was targeted by a con artist pretending to be her grandson locked up in Mexico.
“My daughter and son in law had just gotten married down there a couple of weeks before and I said right away, I said ‘why are you calling me, you had just been down there’ and they hung up. They knew I wasn't going to fall for it,” said Foss.
Such calls are becoming more common, as predators comb Facebook posts for personal information and then use it to trick a victim.
They also recommend double-checking any suspicious emails you receive that ask you to click on a link. Try and call the organization listed in the email and find out if it is legitimate. The best advice, according to Rohne is to always stop and question the information you are receiving.